Runoff set for Dec. 4, one week of early voting begins Nov. 26

Published 4:22 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A statewide runoff is set for Tuesday, Dec. 4, to determine who will be the next Georgia Secretary of State and who will serve on a Public Service Commission seat.

The runoff election for Secretary of State will be against Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow. The winner on Dec. 4 will succeed Gov.-elect Brian Kemp.

Raffensperger had 49.09 percent of the vote to Barrow’s 48.67 percent. Libertarian candidate Smythe Duval captured 2.23 percent. Since none of the candidates reached the state-mandated 50 percent plus one, voters are asked to return to the polls.

The race for the Public Service Commission is against incumbent Chuck Eaton, a Republican, and Democrat Lindy Miller. Eaton received 49.7 percent of the vote, Miller had 47.63 percent and Libertarian Ryan Graham received 2.67 percent.

There is no runoff for the gubernatorial race.

Registered voters who voted or didn’t vote in the General Election may vote in the Runoff Election.

The polling locations will remain unchanged from the Nov. 6th General Election. So, voters in the Coliseum precinct should go to the Kirbo Center at Southern Regional Technical College at 2500 E. Shotwell St., and voters in the Climax precinct must go to the Climax City Hall at 105 Drane St. Voters in the other seven precincts – Attapulgus, Brinson, Fairgrounds, Kendrick, Mount Pleasant, Recovery and West Bainbridge – will return to their normal polling locations.

Advance voting will be for one week only beginning on Monday, Nov. 26, at 8 a.m. at the Courthouse Annex at 122 W. Water St. in Bainbridge. Advance voting will continue through Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m.

The hours for those five days are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Fairgrounds will NOT be open for advance voting but will reopen on Election Day as a regular polling location.

Voters who had marked their requests for an absentee ballot form as being over 65 years old, disabled or in the military serving stateside should receive a mail-in ballot automatically within the next several days. If you want a mail-in ballot, you must request one. A request form can be downloaded from Georgia My Voter Page. All mail-in ballots must be back to the Elections Office by Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

Each voter must present a valid photo ID in order to vote on the DREs or they may vote a provisional ballot; however, that provisional voter may return to the Elections Office at 122 W. Water St. by Dec. 7 with a valid form of photo ID for the ballot to count.

The deadline to have registered to vote in the runoff was Oct. 9.