Early voting ends today

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Today is the last day of early voting for the July 22 runoff.

Early voting is held at the Coweta Voter Registration Office, at 22 East Broad Street in downtown Newnan. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You must bring a photo ID to vote early, as well as at the polling places.

Those who show up on election day with a proper ID can vote a provisional ballot. They then have 48 hours to submit identification to the voter registration office, or the vote won’t count. There’s no provisional ballot option when you are early voting.

Acceptable photo IDs include a Georgia driver’s license, valid or expired, or a valid state ID card, U.S. passport, military or tribal ID, or a valid employee photo ID from any branch of federal, state, or local government.

Polling places around Coweta and the state will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for runoff voting.

The biggest race is the Republican primary runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue. Kingston, a long-time congressman from Savannah, and Perdue, a former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General, and other companies, are vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November in the race to succeed retiring senator Saxby Chambliss.

Also on the Republican runoff ballot is the race for state school superintendent. Republican candidates are Mike Buck and Richard Woods.

The only race on the Democratic ballot is for state school superintendent. Candidates are Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie D. Wilson.

As of Thursday, there had been 934 early votes cast in Coweta.

If you voted in the Republican primary in May, you can only vote in the Republican runoff, and if you voted Democrat, you can only vote in the Democratic runoff. If you did not vote in May, or voted a nonpartisan ballot, you can vote in either runoff.

For more information, contact the voter registration office at 770-254-2615.

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