Early runoff voting begins
by Lindsay Field
August 13, 2012 12:54 AM | 4724 views | 11 11 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MARIETTA — Early voting for the Aug. 21 runoff elections begins today and will run through Friday at five locations across Cobb.

The Republican ballot has three races: county chairman; clerk of superior court; and, in west-central Cobb, school board post 7.

The Democratic ballot has two races, neither of them county-wide. In southwest Cobb, voters will choose the District 4 commissioner. In south-central Cobb, voters will choose the state representative for House District 41.

The sole nonpartisan race is for a seat on Cobb State Court.

Janine Eveler, Cobb Elections director, said voters who cast either a Republican or Democratic ballot in the July 31 primary must vote the same party’s ballot in the runoff.

But those who voted nonpartisan, or who did not vote, in the July 31 primary may choose either a partisan or nonpartisan ballot in the runoff.

“Voters who selected a nonpartisan ballot in the primary may select any of the three ballot options in the runoff. Voters who did not vote in the July 31st primary at all may vote in the runoff and may choose any ballot,” she said.

Cobb voters can cast a ballot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday at any of these locations:

  • East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068
  • South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Dr., Mableton, 30126
  • Northstar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Rd., Kennesaw, 30144
  • Boots Ward Recreation Center at Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs, 30127
  • Cobb Elections Main Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, 30064

There will be no voting on Monday, Aug. 20. All regular precinct polls will be open Aug. 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and results will again be posted on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov after the polls close.

As a reminder, voters who believe they have been given an incorrect or incomplete ballot should notify a poll worker or the elections office before casting the ballot.

The Republican runoff for county chairman features Bill Byrne against incumbent Tim Lee. In the July 31 vote, Lee lead a four-person field with 29,024 votes (40%), and Byrne placed second with 19,388 votes (27%).

In the GOP race for clerk of superior court, Rebecca Keaton was first in the three-person field with 32,215 votes (48%), and John H. Skelton was next with 26,329 votes (39%) in the July 31 vote.

The winner in the clerk’s race is expected to be the one taking office in January.

GOP voters in west-central Cobb will choose between Larry Darnell and Brad Wheeler. In the July 31 vote, Wheeler led the three-person field with 3,396 votes (36%), and Darnell had 3,119 votes (32%). The runoff winner will face incumbent Democrat Alison Bartlett on Nov. 6.

The Democratic runoff for county commissioner in southwest Cobb District 4 features Lisa Cupid challenging incumbent Woody Thompson. Cupid led the crowded, six-person field in the July 31 voting with 4,317 votes (39%), and Thompson garnered 2,941 votes (27%).

Democratic voters in House District 41, which has previously been represented by retiring Democrat Terry Johnson, will choose between Diana L. Eckles and Michael Smith. Smith was the leading vote-getter in July 31 voting, with 1,070 votes (42%), and Eckles took 866 votes (35%).

All runoff voters will decide on a new face for the Cobb State Court bench. The nonpartisan race features attorneys Larry Burke and Marsha Lake. Lake led the four-person field in July 31 voting, with 36,854 votes (39%), and Burke took 24,870 votes (26%).

Elections Director Eveler said she doesn’t know what the runoff turnout will be like. In the July 31 vote, about 31 percent of Cobb’s 398,052 registered voters cast ballots.

By comparison, in the August 2010 runoff, which featured mostly Republican statewide races, such as for governor and attorney general, but also the northeast Cobb commission seat race, turnout was about 16 percent, whereas 23 percent of Cobb voters had cast ballots in the general primary a month earlier.

The requirement to vote along party lines has some south Cobb residents feeling cheated, because they must choose between voting for the district commissioner or the county chairman. They can’t vote for both, because the runoff for chairman is between Republicans Byrne and Lee, and the runoff for district 4 commissioner is between Democrats Cupid and Thompson.

But since no opposition is known for either race on Nov. 6, the runoffs will likely decide the winner in each race.

Cupid said she’s heard complaints from many citizens about the partisanship.

“There are so many voters who don’t want to be locked in a party,” she said.

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August 14, 2012
say Goodnight Woody! Nice knowing you..know you can sleep at home instead of at the meetings...zzzzzz
August 14, 2012
Tim is awash in chamber money I have to vote for Bill Byrne Lee does take ordes well he has raised our taxs plenty. Remeber if you pass the SPLOST i won't raise your taxes the very next week he raised your taxes 17%. VOTE BILL BYRNE the anti TSPLOST guy!!!!
August 14, 2012
So you want a loony who plans to create a city of East Cobb and you are whining about a little tax increase.

If such a city was established, do you have any idea of the cost of start up would be.

Oh wait Byrne is going to give them all the services for $1 a year and toss in $1 Million for them to build a monumental building that would probably be named for him.

Suggestion go back to Texas and take Byrne with you!!! Please!!!!!
More Keaton CRAP!
August 13, 2012
Apparently, this Keaton woman has sent out yet another smear mailer accusing Skelton of being a Democrat. Trust me folks, he is not! She is lying yet again, and we somehow managed to almost elect her last time around. Have we lost our minds? PLEASE do the right thing and tell Rebecca Keaton NO on the 21st(or this week if you vote early). She has NO business being our Superior Court Clerk and she would destroy that office if we screw up and elect her. Do the right thing and vote for Skelton. Party politics is a NON ISSUE in this race. Skelton is clearly more qualified and actually knows BOTH sides of the office.
August 13, 2012
Vote Larry Burke!
August 14, 2012
It is hard to vote for Burke, when he put a picture on his flyer with Cobb County Sheriff, Neil Warren trying to pretend he was endorsed by Cobb's top law enforcement law officer. Instead, the Sheriff really endorsed Marsha Lake.

August 13, 2012
Byrne has been campaigning under a leaner government heading and now he wants to give away $1 million tax dollars to create a new city.

This makes as much sense as the other crap he saddled us with the last time he was dictator.

I wonder if anyone has the actual cost of how many "Millions" were wasted on the composting facility????? I know it cost $26 million to build and we are still paying off that debt.
The Observer
August 13, 2012
Looks like everyone has a tough choice to make for commissioner. Either Bill Byrne and a new city in East Cobb, or Tim Lee and his tax increases. I'm opposed to the city, but even more opposed to the tax increases.
August 13, 2012
Janine Eveler needs to go... Isn't it her job to be sure that the ballots are correct? I for one was sent an incorrect absentee ballot in the primary and voted without knowing about the new district lines. "As a reminder, voters who believe they have been given an incorrect or incomplete ballot should notify a poll worker or the elections office, before casting the ballot" Isn't this the Board of Elections job??? To make sure ballots are correct BEFORE they go out? I smell fish here, who is covering for Eveler and her mismanagement?
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