Early voting for the July 22 Primary Election Runoff begins today, Tuesday, June 30, and runs through Friday, July 18.
In Upson County, there are two runoffs on the Republican ballot, and one runoff on the Democrat ballot. Voters who cast votes in the May 20 Primary Election on either the Republican or Democrat ballot must vote on the same party ballot in the runoff. In other words, if you voted Republican in the Primary, you must vote Republican in the Runoff.
Voters who did not take part in the Primary Election may still vote in the Runoff on either the Republican or Democrat ballot.
On the Republican ballot, voters will decide on candidates for U. S. Senate and for State School Superintendent.
In the Senate race, the runoff is between David A. Perdue and J. H. ‘Jack’ Kingston. In the Primary, Perdue collected 30.64 percent of the vote, while Kingston had 25.80 percent. The winner will face M. Michelle Nunn in the General Election in November.
In the State School Superintendent race, voters will decide between Michael L. ‘Mike’ Buck and Richard L. Woods. This race was hotly contested, with nine candidates on the Republican ballot. Buck came out leading with 19.52 percent of the vote, with Woods claiming 16.77 percent.
On the Democrat ballot, voters will decide on their candidate for State School Superintendent. This was also one of the bigger races in the Primary, with six candidates. Valarie D. Wilson led with 32.59 percent of the vote, while Alisha Thomas Morgan claimed 26.40 percent.
The winners of the State School Superintendent runoffs on both sides will face each other in the November General Election.
Early voting will be held Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Upson County Voter Registrar Office in the Drake Building, 305 S. Hightower Street, Suite 130, in Thomaston. Unlike the Primary, there will not be a special Saturday voting day. Call the Voter Registrar Office at 706-647-6259 for more information.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.