Early vot­ing starts Mon­day to fill Coomer’s seat

♦ Ab­sen­tee bal­lots for the spe­cial elec­tion to fill the open­ing in the Ge­or­gia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives won’t be sent out un­less re­quested.

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS - By Diane Wag­ner DWag­[email protected]

The statewide runoff is over but some Floyd County vot­ers have one more elec­tion to de­cide this year.

A spe­cial elec­tion to fill the State House Dis­trict 14 seat va­cated by Chris­tian Coomer is sched­uled for Dec. 18 — and early vot­ing starts Mon­day. The dis­trict cov­ers a sec­tion of south­east­ern Floyd and the western half of Bar­tow.

Four Bar­tow County Repub­li­cans are run­ning: Coomer’s fa­ther Ken Coomer; Nickie Leighly, a small busi­ness owner; Mitchell Scog­gins, a re­tired pro­bate court judge; and Nathan Wil­son, owner of Wil­son Con­tract­ing Co.

Floyd County Chief Elec­tions Clerk Robert Brady said Thurs­day the race only af­fects lo­cal vot­ers in the precincts of Bark­ers, Chulio, Etowah, How­ell and part of North Rome.

“The ma­jor­ity of the ac­tiv­ity will take place in Bar­tow County,” he said.

Vot­ers at the North Rome precinct could be in ei­ther the 13th or 14th House Dis­trict. Brady said they can visit the Ge­or­gia Sec­re­tary of State’s My Voter web­page to check, if they’re un­sure, or call the elec­tions of­fice at 706-291-5167.

“I think this will only in­volve about 100 to 150 peo­ple in North Rome,” he said.

Brady also cau­tioned that be­cause it’s a spe­cial elec­tion, vot­ers who nor­mally have ab­sen­tee bal­lots sent au­to­mat­i­cally will have to re­quest one sep­a­rately for this race. He also noted the short turn­around time for the elec­tion and em­pha­sized that voted bal­lots must be re­turned by Dec. 18 to count.

“Ask your­self how long is it go­ing to take to get to you and how long is it go­ing to take to get it back,” he said.

Early vot­ing next week will take place only at the Floyd County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, 12 E. Fourth Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All el­i­gi­ble precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on elec­tion day.

Chris­tian Coomer had been un­op­posed for re-elec­tion when Gov. Nathan Deal ap­pointed him to the Ge­or­gia Court of Ap­peals. He with­drew Oct. 31 when he was sworn in as a judge but the bal­lot for the Nov. 6 gen­eral elec­tion had al­ready been set.

Chris­tian Coomer

Ken Coomer

Mitchell Scog­gins

Nickie Leighly

Nathan Wil­son

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