The Richmond County Board of Elections is expanding advance voting in the July 26 runoff to four locations.
The board re-examined its policy Monday and determined that, unlike a primary runoff, multiple advance voting locations are needed in the citywide runoff for State Court judge, board member Chip Barbee said.
The only location currently open is at the Augusta Municipal Building.
Opening the three additional sites next Monday through Friday will add $7,650 to the cost of the runoff, bringing the total expense to decide the judgeship to $77,200, board Executive Director Lynn Bailey told city commissioners Tuesday. She called the cost “pretty average for this type election.”
Only 535 people – barely half of 1 percent of Augusta registered voters – have cast ballots in the runoff during the first seven days of advance voting at the Municipal Building, according to a report from Bailey.
Voters are deciding between Kellie Kenner McIntyre, the solicitor general of Richmond County State Court, and attorney Robert “Bo” Hunter III for the judgeship held by John Flythe, who was elected to a Superior Court judgeship.
A handful of Augusta voters from a single north Richmond County precinct are included in the Republican primary runoff for state Senate District 24 between longtime Columbia County politician Lee Anderson and newcomer Greg Grzybowski. As of Tuesday, none had cast ballots.
The four sites open for voting from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 22, are:
• Municipal Building, Beazley Room, 535 Telfair St.
• Diamond Lakes Regional Park, 4335 Windsor Springs Road
• Henry Brigham Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road
• Warren Road Community Center, 300 Warren Road
There will be no Saturday voting, and all polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the runoff July 26.