Runoff voting starts Mon­day

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

In-per­son early voting for the July 22 pri­mary runoff is set to be­gin Mon­day, June 30 and will con­tinue through Fri­day, July 18. There are sev­eral key races still up in the air, and the win­ners of this runoff move on to the gen­eral elec­tion in Novem­ber.

Where and when can you vote early?

New­ton County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 1113

Usher Street, Cov­ing­ton

June 30-July 3: Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.-5 p.m July 7-11: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14-18: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

What do I need to bring?

Any reg­is­tered Ge­or­gia voter can vote early. When go­ing to cast your bal­lot, make sure you bring photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, which can be a Ge­or­gia driver’s li­cense, a state-is­sued voter ID card, a valid U.S. pass­port or a valid U.S. mil­i­tary ID card.

The can­di­dates

Demo­crat race:

• District 4 County Com­mis­sioner: J.C. Hen­der­son (in­cum­bent) fell nine votes short of a ma­jor­ity in May, and Sonya Hunte se­cured the sec­ond runoff spot with 397 votes and 30.78 per­cent of the vote

Repub­li­can races:

• U.S. Se­nate: For­mer con­gress­man Jack Kingston and for­mer Dol­lar Gen­eral CEO David Per­due

• District 10 U.S. House: Jody Hice, a ra­dio show host and pas­tor, and Mike Collins, a truck­ing busi­ness owner

• District 112 State House: Dave Bel­ton, a pi­lot and Mor­gan County School Board mem­ber, and Aaron Brooks, a cor­po­rate sales­man and co-founder of a lo­cal con­ser­va­tive group

Vot­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the May pri­mary had to vote within one party, re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion. How­ever, those vot­ers must now vote in that same party’s up­com­ing runoff. Reg­is­tered vot­ers who did not vote in the May pri­mary can choose to vote in ei­ther party’s July runoff. Want more in­for­ma­tion? Reg­is­tered vot­ers can see their spe­cific sam­ple bal­lot, check voter reg­is­tra­tion sta­tus, view polling and early voting lo­ca­tions and track the sta­tus of their ab­sen­tee bal­lot on­line at Sec­re­tary of State Brian Kemp’s “My Voter Page” web­site at Vot­ers can also down­load the “My Voter Page” app on mo­bile de­vices with Ap­ple and An­droid plat­forms by search­ing for “GA Votes.”

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