Early voting light in Richmond County

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Early voting for Tuesday’s runoff election has been “extremely light,” said Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey.

Just 319 people had cast ballots by the end of voting Friday, Bailey said.

“We expect to see similar trend moving into Election Day as well,” Bailey said about light turnout.

The only polling place open for early voting was the Board of Elections office on Greene Street.

All 50 polling locations will be open for the Democratic and Republican runoffs. Democrats have just one race on the ballot, while Richmond County Republicans have four statewide races to decide and voters in some portions of the county will have a runoff for the 12th Congressional district on their ballots.

The most notable Republican race is the runoff between Nathan Deal and Karen Handel for the party’s nomination for governor.

Bailey said even if voters did not participate in July’s primary they can still vote Tuesday. But those who did cast ballots in July are bound by their party choice, she added. For example, a voter who chose a Democratic ballot in July cannot now vote in the Republican runoff.

Voters must still choose either a Democratic or Republican ticket Tuesday. They cannot vote in both.

 

Reach Erin Zureick at (706) 823-3217 or erin.zureick@augustachronicle.com.

 

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