District 71 runoff election is Tuesday

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Tom Crymes (left) and David Stover

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
sarah@newnan.com
Tuesday is the day for the Georgia House District 71 runoff election.
Republican candidates David Stover and Tom Crymes are vying to fill the District 71 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, which became vacant upon the withdrawal of Robert Stokely, who was appointed to a position in Coweta Magistrate Court.
If early voting totals are any indication, turnout will be even lighter than it was for the special election.
Just 153 Coweta voters went to the Coweta Voter Registrar’s office to vote early for the runoff; there were 130 paper absentee ballots mailed out. There was only one week of early voting.
For the special election on Feb. 5, there were three extra days of early voting, with nearly 300 early votes cast.
Those who are voting a paper ballot have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to get those ballots to the Coweta County Voter Registrar’s Office at 22 East Broad Street in Newnan.
Turnout in the Feb. 5 election was only 7.8 percent in Coweta. House District 71 includes two Fayette County precincts. In Fayette, turnout was a mere 2 percent.

Coweta Elections Superintendent Jane Scoggins is hoping for a better turnout this time.

“I’d like to have at least 10 percent,” she said. But she’s not expecting it. “If early voting is any indication, then I expect less... but surely it couldn’t be much less than 7.8 percent,” Scoggins said.

She wanted to remind voters that they can vote in the runoff even if they didn’t vote on Feb. 5.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are 10 precincts for District 71: Moreland, Raymond, Turin, Sharpsburg, Ebenezer Church Road, Arts Center, White Oak, Madras, Canongate, and Thomas Crossroads.

The Arts Center and Turin precincts are “split precincts” — meaning that not all voters who vote in those precincts are in District 71.

The district changed in 2012, as a result of redistricting.

If you are unsure of what district you are in, the easiest way to find out is to visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page, at www.sos.georgia.gov/mvp .

Those without internet access can contact the Coweta Voter Registration Office at 770-254-2615.

A photo ID is required to vote. If you forget your ID or don’t have one, you can vote on a provisional ballot. You must present acceptable photo ID to the voter registration office within 48 hours for your vote to count.

Acceptable forms of photo IDs include: a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired, valid Georgia ID card, valid passport, valid military or tribal photo ID and valid work ID from any branch of federal, state, or local government.



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