July 26 runoff gets more advance voting sites

 

 

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.

Advance voting in area runoff races starts Tuesday

OTHER ACTION

The Richmond County Board of Elections approved a resolution Monday calling for a Nov. 8 sales tax referendum for the Richmond County Board of Education.

– From staff reports

 

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