Believe it or not, early voting begins Monday for Georgia’s July 22 primary runoff.
Across the midstate, there are key congressional, state and local contests still up for grabs. Winners from the runoff move on to the Nov. 4 general election, unless they have no opposition.
Among the most closely watched races is the one to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue are squaring off in that runoff.
In Bibb County, you can vote at the Board of Elections office at 2445 Pio Nono Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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In Houston County, early voting will be at the Board of Elections office at 801 Main St. in Perry from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting will expand to two additional locations beginning July 14: at Central Georgia Tech on Cohen Walker Drive and at Houston Mall, 233 N. Houston Road.
The early voting period runs through Friday, July 18.
Because Georgia holds an “open” primary, those who voted May 20 were able to pick their choice of ballots, regardless of political affiliation. That won’t be the case for the July 22 runoff. You’ll have to stick with the party ballot you chose for the main primary last month.
If you didn’t vote in the primary, you can still vote in the runoff -- and you can select the party ballot of your choice.
Georgia requires voters to show photo identification when they vote in person. Approved forms of identification include a Georgia driver’s license, even if it’s expired; a state-issued voter identification card; a valid U.S. passport; and a valid U.S. military photo ID.
Any registered voter in the state can vote early. Voters can see personalized sample ballots, verify their registration status and find early voting polling locations on the secretary of state’s “My Voter Page” website (www.mvp.sos.ga.gov).
Information about local elections also can be found on the state’s “GA Votes” mobile apps. You can download the free apps for both Apple and Android devices using either the iTunes app store for an iPhone or iPad, or Google Play for Android.