Early voter turnout for July 22 runoffs has been slow so far but may pick up after voters return from July 4 vacations, say election officials.
“I hope to see things pick up a little next week, but we’ll see. I do expect things to be very light across the board,” Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said.
Only 222 people, just .2 percent of registered voters, have voted in the first three days of advance voting at Augusta Municipal Building, with Democratic ballots outnumbering Republican ballots 173 to 49, according to the elections office.
On the Republican ballot are a U.S. Senate primary runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue and a state superintendent primary runoff between Mike Buck and Richard Woods. On the Democratic ballot are a state superintendent runoff between Valarie Wilson and Alisha Thomas Morgan and a state senate District 22 runoff between former Richmond County Solicitor General Harold Jones and Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson.
Voters who live in Augusta Commission District 6 will decide a runoff between Ben Hasan and Bob Finnegan. The nonpartisan commission race appears on both ballots, and is the only election on a nonpartisan ballot if sixth district voters select it. Voters who selected one of the partisan ballots May 20 can’t change parties in the runoff.
Advance voting continues today but not Friday, as city government is closed for July 4. Voting continues Monday through July 11 on the ground floor of Augusta Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
Early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at three additional locations, Diamond Lakes Regional Park, Henry Brigham Community Center and Warren Road Community Center, the week of July 14 through July 18.