Voters in Augusta and Jefferson County return to the polls today to choose a candidate in the Georgia House District 127 runoff between Brian Prince and Diane Evans.
The Democrats were the top two finishers in the Nov. 5 special election to fill the House seat left open since the August death of Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta.
Evans, a retired educator and pastor, said she spent her last full day campaigning, shaking hands and making phone calls. She was happy to learn that early voting turnout in her home county of Jefferson was higher than that in Augusta-Richmond, where two-thirds of the district’s voters reside.
Some 165 people cast advance votes in the House runoff at the Jefferson County Board of Elections office in Louisville compared to 161 voting early at the board of elections office in Augusta, according to elections officials.
Lynn Bailey, elections director for Richmond County, said she did not expect turnout Tuesday to exceed the 13 percent of Augusta voters who cast ballots in the special election.
“It’s gone as expected in terms of turnout in these types of elections,” Bailey said. “In an odd numbered year and just for one elected office, turnout is generally light and this is no exception.”
A common complaint has been voters who want to cast ballots in the House District 127 race but don’t live in the district, Bailey said.
Redrawn in 2011 by the state legislature, the district spans Louisville, Matthews, Wrens, Stapleton, Avera, Blythe, Fort Gordon and sections of Hephzibah and south and west Augusta.
Prince, a former Glenn Hills High School athletic standout and retired Army lieutenant colonel, out-raised Evans three to one in most recent available campaign filings, in part from support by high-profile donors such as University System Regent James Hull.
Prince did not return a Monday call seeking comment.