Early voting begins in Georgia runoff

By Steve Patrick, Managing editor of digital content, spatrick@news4jax.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:30:12 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2014 09:56:14 AM EDT

Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue advance to a July runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat.

ATLANTA -

The in-person early voting period for Georgia's primary runoffs officially begins Monday with key congressional, state and a handful of local races still up for grabs.

The Republican runoff ballot features the two candidates who got the most votes in the May primary for U.S. Senate, state school superintendent and U.S. House District 1, which covers all coastal Georgia counties.

Longtime Republican Congressman Jack Kingston and Tea Party favorite David Perdue are competing to secure the Republican nomination for the Senate seat.  The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Michelle Nunn -- the daughter of the long-time Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn -- who took 75 percent of the vote in a four-way Democratic Senate primary.

Competing to in the Republican race to fill the House seat Kingston is vacating are Buddy Carter and Bob Johnson.

Mike Buck, a former principal, against former state superintendent candidate and Irwin County educator Richard Woods seeking the statewide superintendent of school Republican nomination.

There are a few local races on the ballot in select counties, including a Republican runoff for county commissioner in Glynn County.

The Democratic runoff ballot will carry two races:  Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie Wilson are competing for the school superintendent nomination and Brian Corwin Reese and Amy Tavio are vying to be the Democratic nominee in the U.S. House District 1 race.

Voters must select the same party's ballot for the runoff they chose May 20, but registered voters who did not vote May 20 have their choice of either in the runoff.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says early voting runs through July 18. Georgia's primary runoffs are scheduled for July 22.
    
Kemp is reminding Georgia voters they can use the My Voter Page mobile application as a free resource for voting information, including sample ballots and to find polling places.
    
Voters may also find more information on polling places online.

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