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Early voting underway


Tuesday will decide three runoff races


Pickens voters can begin casting ballots at the Pioneer Road elections office, across from the city park. Early voting will run through Friday.

There is no voting on Saturday or Monday. On election day, voters must go to their home polling location. Voters may not cast ballots at the Pioneer Road location on election day.


Pickens voters will see clearly the effects of this county’s political boundary fractures in this election with some areas of the county seeing one race and others see another.

There are no Democrat runoff races to settle, so there is nothing anyone who voted Democrat in the primary can vote on this runoff.

For the Republicans, those in west Pickens will see a runoff between Jerry Barnes and Marty Callahan to decide the District 1 Commission Post. Those in district 2 (east Pickens) will not see this race.

But a good portion of east Pickens lies in the 9th Congressional district and Republicans there will see a runoff between Doug Collins and Martha Zoller. Those in west Pickens (Congressional District 14) won’t see this race.

“Some will see the congressional race and some will not,” said Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts. “Some will see District 1 [commission], some will not.”

All Pickens voters will see a duel for the DA, with incumbent Joe Hendricks facing challenger B. Alison Sosebee in the runoff. This race covers the entire Appalachian Judicial Circuit and includes all of Gilmer and Fannin counties as well.

Voters who stayed away entirely from polls for the July 31st primary can still vote in the August 21st runoff if they are registered. Voters who cast non-partisan ballots in the primary can cast a ballot in the Republican races for the runoff. Those who voted Democrat in the primary, can not vote in the Republican races.


For anyone still needing information on candidates see our election guide.

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