Early Voting for Run-off Ends Today

Early voting concludes today in Stephens County and across Georgia for the primary run-off election.

Stephens County Registrar Theresa Kelley said there have not been any problems through the early voting period, but notes turnout has remained low.

“We are still asking people to come in,” said Kelley. “Today is the last day. If you do not come in by 5 p.m. today, you are going to have to go to the Senior Center on Tuesday, Election Day, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.”

Early voting runs today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. downstairs in the Stephens County Government Building in downtown Toccoa.

Voters will need a picture ID.

Kelley said today is also the last day voters can request a mail-in, paper absentee ballot.

She recommended making that request in person today if someone needs to do so.

“With it (the deadline) being today, they need to come into the office to request it because today would be the last day I could mail it out to them,” said Kelley. “If they are requesting it today and have not got an application on file, then I would have to send them an application which they would get, but I would not be able to send the ballot because I have to have that application on file in my office before 5 p.m. today.”

Those mail-in ballots must be returned to the Registrar’s Office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

County voters are casting ballots in state-level races only in this run-off election.

Republican voters will be deciding a U.S. Senate run-off between Jack Kingston and David Perdue, with the winner moving onto the November election to face Michelle Nunn.

Meanwhile, both Democratic and Republican voters will be deciding State School Superintendent run-offs, with the winners again moving to November to face each other.

Kelley said a primary run-off does come with certain rules.

“The run-off is a continuation of the primary,” said Kelley. “If you voted a Republican ballot in May, you are going to have to vote a Republican ballot for this election. If you voted a Democratic ballot, you will have to vote a Democratic ballot in this election.”

She said those who did not vote in May or voted a non-partisan ballot can vote in either run-off and will just need to pick a ballot style.

For more information on voting, contact the Stephens County Registrar’s Office at 706-886-8954.