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Voters need to finish the drill Tuesday

Posted: August 19, 2012 - 12:07am

Traditionally, runoff elections attract little attention and even fewer voters.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Barely three weeks ago, Columbia County voters decided several races in the July 31 primary. But in two races, the job isn’t finished. With four candidates running for the Republican nomination for the District 12 Congressional seat, and three candidates seeking the Columbia County District 1 School Board seat, no one landed a simple majority of votes.

Thus, voters are being asked to finish the drill.

History says that runoffs typically have lower participation than the original election, which would be pretty dismal considering nearly three-quarters of the county’s voters stayed home from the July 31 election.

The good news is all those non-voters are eligible to vote in both the District 12 and District 1 races as long as they live in the appropriate district.

If residency is in question, the Board of Elections office is happy to help at (706) 868-3355.

For voters who already made their choices July 31, it’s a simple matter of re-voting in the same races. In District 12 there’s a choice between two Columbia County natives, Rick Allen and Lee Anderson. But that seat spans 19 counties, and Columbia County is just one of them.

All of School Board District 1 is in Columbia County, however. We recommended David Dekle’s election in the primary, and he received the most votes. He should again on Tuesday.

Most importantly, everyone should take the opportunity to prove history wrong by voting Tuesday.

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