Early voting underway in District 146 election between Shaw Blackmon, Larry Walker

Early voting for the special election runoff for House District 146 is now underway.

Voters will choose between Shaw Blackmon and Larry Walker III, both Republicans, to complete the term of former House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, R-Bonaire.

O’Neal retired from the Legislature this year to take a judgeship at the Georgia Tax Tribunal.

Blackmon and Walker were culled from a three-man race in July in which none of the candidates took at least 50 percent of the vote, which is required to win. Kelly Burke finished third in the election.

Early voting for District 146, which includes a swath of Houston County, is offered at two locations: the Board of Elections office at the old courthouse at 801 Main St. in Perry and Central Georgia Technical College, Building G, at 80 Cohen Walker Drive in Warner Robins. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 7.

Voters must be registered in House District 146 to be eligible to cast a ballot. To determine voter eligibility, go to www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

Election day is Aug. 11.