The hot Georgia sun might discourage some from returning to the polls for two or three runoff elections July 22, but voters have several weeks of early voting opportunities that begin Monday.
Richmond County Board of Elections will conduct early voting for any reason from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 3 at Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
On both Republican and Democratic July 22 ballots are statewide runoffs for state school superintendent, while all voters in Augusta’s District 6 will decide a runoff for the district’s seat on the Augusta Commission.
The Republican runoff ticket includes former Columbia County educator Mike Buck, a former principal of Greenbrier Elementary School and the leader of the May 20 election.
Buck is seeking the statewide superintendent of school position against former state superintendent candidate and Irwin County educator Richard Woods.
Also on the Republican runoff ballot are longtime Congressman Jack Kingston and Tea Party favorite David Perdue, who are seeking a runoff win to secure the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Voters must select the same party’s ballot for the runoff they chose May 20, but registered voters who did not vote May 20 have their choice of either in the runoff.
On the Democratic runoff ballot, former Georgia School Boards Association chairwoman Valarie Wilson faces Alisha Thomas Morgan in the runoff for the Democratic nomination for state school superintendent. Wilson’s endorsements include the Georgia Association of Educators, while Morgan was endorsed by mayor-elect Hardie Davis and Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree.
Voters also will decide between former Richmond County State Court Solicitor Harold Jones and Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson in the Democratic runoff for state Senate District 22, which spans most of Richmond County, and for which there are no Republican candidates.
Lastly, voters in nonpartisan Commission District 6, which includes parts of Hephzibah and south Augusta, will choose between runoff candidates of newspaper publisher Ben Hasan and federal government retiree Bob Finnegan.
None of the local commission or state Senate candidates have reported raising any funds for the runoff election besides Jones, who has reported $1,000 contributions from businessman James Hull, attorney P.J. Campanaro, Chandra Jones and Michael Curry since May 20.
After two weeks of runoff voting at Augusta Muncipal Building, expanded advance voting at three additional locations – Diamond Lakes Regional Park in Hephzibah, Henry Brigham Community Center and Warren Road Community Center – will be available between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. July 14 through July 18.