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Vote in same runoff as primary
Primaries Tuesday are statewide
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Tuesday will be the opportunity for voters across the state to head to the polls one more time and cast a ballot for the Republican or Democratic primary runoff.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and all precincts will be open in Bryan County.
The biggest race is that for the Republican nomination for governor between Nathan Deal and Karen Handel, neither of which garnered 50 percent plus one of the votes cast on primary Election Day in July.
Also in the race for Republican nomination are John Douglas and Tim Echols for public service commissioner; Sam Olens and Preston W. Smith for attorney general; and Ralph T. Hudgens and Maria Sheffield for insurance commissioner.
The only runoff on the Democratic ballot is between Gail Buckner and Georganna Sinkfield for secretary of state.
Early voting for the runoff began Monday and came to a close Friday afternoon. Less than 200 of Bryan County’s registered voters cast ballots during that time, according to Bryan County Elections Superintendent Sam Davis. He noted that statewide turnout for early voting wasn’t much better at 5,200 by early Friday afternoon.
But for those who do plan on voting Tuesday, there are a couple of rules to remember.
“You have to vote in the same party you voted for in the July 20 primary,” Davis said.
For example, he said if someone voted a Republican ballot on July 20, he or she would have to vote a Republican ballot for the runoff.
“But if you chose a nonpartisan ballot in the primary, or you didn’t vote, then you can vote in either party on Tuesday,” Davis said.
Like on any election day, a photo ID will be required to cast a ballot. And while county officials are not expecting a strong voter turnout Tuesday, Davis said all 10 of Bryan County’s precincts will be open.
And this runoff is likely to cost the county a pretty penny – Davis said every election costs between $11,000 and $15,000, and with less than 500 expected to vote Tuesday, “you can do the math … you can see what each vote costs us.”
“But that’s just part of democracy,” he said – every gets the opportunity to vote.
Davis said the number of poll workers will be reduced from five to seven at each precinct to three to help cut costs. And he thanked Bryan County’s poll workers for making every election possible.
“We’ve got 10 precincts and have 10 managers that really know what they’re doing,” he said. “Our poll workers are the backbone of our elections … We couldn’t do it without them.”
For more information on Tuesday’s runoff election, call the Bryan County Voter Registration office at 653-3859 or visit
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