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Few expected at polls for primary runoff


Early voting underway

            Local election employees are expecting few voters will turn out either in early voting which started Monday or for the July 22 primary election runoff.

            The only races on the ballot are:

            • GOP – For U.S. Senate J.H. “Jack” Kingston and David Perdue; for state school superintendent Michael L. Buck and Richard Woods.

            • Democrats – state school superintendent Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie Wilson.

            “It was low in the primary and we had school board on that,” said Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts. In the May 20 primary, 4,301 Pickens voters cast ballots, giving a 26 percent turnout.

            Roberts said she considers all races important, but acknowledges these runoffs have drawn little attention locally,  which means even fewer people may come by to cast a ballot during the summer vacation than did in the primary.

            Early voting runs through July 18th at the Pioneer Road voting office; all the polling spots will be open on July 22nd. Roberts said there will be no Saturday voting for the runoff and the office will be closed for July 4th.

            For the runoff, voters who voted in the primary can only vote on the same party ballot. Voters who didn’t vote at all or voted non-partisan can vote in either runoff.

            The local elections office reminds voters that the recent changes in Georgia’s gun laws had no effect on polling places. Guns are still not allowed at polling places on election day.

            The secretary of state has a website with individual information for each voter on voter at “My Voter Page."

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