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Early voting for runoff election begins Monday

Posted: August 10, 2012 - 8:36am  |  Updated: August 11, 2012 - 10:47am
Columbia County Board of Elections staffers conduct the recount of the county's ballots for the 12th District Republican congressional primary. Lee Anderson and Rick Allen remained the after the recount, and will meet in an Aug. 21 runoff.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Columbia County Board of Elections staffers conduct the recount of the county's ballots for the 12th District Republican congressional primary. Lee Anderson and Rick Allen remained the after the recount, and will meet in an Aug. 21 runoff.

Early voting in Columbia County for the Aug. 21 runoff will begin Monday at the Board of Elections office in Evans.

Voters will be asked to settle races for the Republican nomination for the 12th District seat to the United States House of Representatives, and to the non-partisan District 1 seat for the Columbia County Board of Education.

Voting will take place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbia County Board of Elections office at 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E, in Evans, said Columbia County Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay.

A district-wide recount Thursday certified that Rick Allen will face top finisher Lee Anderson in the Republican race for the 12th District U.S. congressional seat, according to a news release from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

In addition, voters in Columbia County’s District 1 will decide the non-partisan school board runoff between David Dekle and Carolyn Chase.

The winner of the congressional primary will face Democratic incumbent John Barrow in the November general election, while the winner of the school board race will take office in January to replace Wayne Bridges, who did not seek re-election.

Because Columbia County now is divided between the 10th and 12th congressional districts, elections officials expect some confusion from residents about their eligibility to vote. A map and other information are available at www.columbiacountyga.gov under the Board of Elections link, or residents may call the office at (706) 868-3355.

Who can vote?

  • Voters who chose Republican ballots in the July 31 primary, and who live in the 12th Congressional District, can vote in the runoff between Lee Anderson and Rick Allen. Those voters who also live in Columbia County District 1 can vote in the school board runoff between David Dekle and Carolyn Chase.
  • Voters who chose non-partisan ballots and who live in the correct districts can vote in both the Republican runoff and the non-partisan school board race.
  • Voters who chose Democratic ballots in July 31, and who live in District 1, may vote only in the non-partisan race and are not allowed to vote in the Republican runoff.
  • Voters who live in the appropriate districts and who did not vote July 31 may vote in both races.

Source: Jarthurlynn Hosley, elections coordinator, Columbia County Board of Elections

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Comments (2)

Dixieman

Is this right?

I thought if you voted nonpartisan on July 31 you could vote in the Republican primary runoff?? If you voted Democratic, you can't.
Who can vote in the Aug. 21 runoff election?
AC article Aug 2 updated to Aug 4:

1. Voters who chose the Democratic ballot in the July 31 primary election may vote in the runoff for Richmond County sheriff but not in the runoff for U.S. House District 12.

2. Voters who chose the Republican ballot in the July 31 primary election may vote in the runoff for U.S. House District 12 but not in the runoff for Richmond County sheriff.

3. Voters who selected the nonpartisan ballot in the July 31 primary election may vote in either but not both runoffs. [Since in Col County we can't vote for Richmond county sheriff sounds like we can still vote in the Allen/Anderson runoff]

4. Registered voters who did not vote in the July 31 primary election may vote in either but not both runoffs.

THIS IS IMPORTANT, AC!! What is the real truth??

Barry Paschal

Posting clarifications now

Good questions, Dixieman. I'm posting clarifications in the story now.

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