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Early voting for runoff elections begins Monday

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Early voting for the state's runoff races will begin Monday, elections officials say.

With the actual runoff day being Aug. 10, those wishing to cast a ballot for the runoffs can do so next week between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. in room 220 at the Government Center downtown, Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said.

Anyone who is a registered voter in Dougherty County can vote in the runoffs, however those who voted in the July 20 primary will have to vote with the same party as they did on that day, Nickerson said. If you are a registered voter but didn't vote during the July primary, you can vote either party.

While the runoff between former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Congressman Nathan Deal to determine the Republican challenger for governor has received the most attention, three other statewide races will be decided on the Republican side and one race on the Democratic side.

For Republicans, Sam Olens and Preston Smith are squaring off for attorney general. The winner will take on former Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges in November.

Ralph Hudgins and Maria Sheffield are vying for Insurance commissioner while John Douglas and Tim Echols are trying to earn a seat on the Public Service Commission.

On the Democratic side, Gail Buckner and Georganna Sinkfield are up for their party's nomination for secretary of state.

Those are wishing to vote do need to bring one of six state-approved forms of identification to vote.