ALBANY Early voting for the Republican runoff between Rick Allen and John House for the 2nd Congressional District race has started, elections officials say.
Rick Allen and John House are pressing Southwest Georgia Republicans for votes to see who will try and take down longtime Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, in November.
Allen and House, both of Columbus, were the two top-vote earners in the primary, nudging out Ken Deloach of Houston County, but each failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote.
Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said that early voting for the Aug. 21 runoff started this morning and will continue through Friday at the elections office downtown at 222 Pine Avenue. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be no voting on Monday, August 20, but on Tuesday, August 21, all 28 Dougherty County precincts will open at 7 a.m. for voting.
Voters who pulled a Republican or non-party ballot during the primary, as well as those registered voters who did not vote at all, can vote in the runoff, Nickerson said. Voters who pulled a Democratic ballot during the primary can not vote in the runoff, but will be eligible to vote in the November general election.