Early voting ‘fairly light’
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George Austin checks in with poll workers at the South Cobb Community Center on Friday for the final day of early voting for the Aug. 21 runoff election. More than 400 people had voted during this week's early voting at the community center. <br> Photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan
George Austin checks in with poll workers at the South Cobb Community Center on Friday for the final day of early voting for the Aug. 21 runoff election. More than 400 people had voted during this week's early voting at the community center.
Photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan
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MARIETTA — Cobb Board of Elections Director Janine Eveler said they had a “fairly light” turnout this week for advanced voting for the Aug. 21 runoff, with 6,470 voters, or about 1 percent, participating.

“You can’t compare one runoff to another because the number and type of races will be different, with some runoffs affecting just a district and others being county or statewide,” she said Friday afternoon.

On Tuesday, voters will return to the polls to pick their favorite candidate in six separate runoff races.

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 countywide. 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.

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

“Our office will be reporting election night results in the same way that we did in July, and we’ll have a link to the State Election Night Reporting site on www.cobbelections.org,” Eveler said. “I expect the first results to be uploaded at approximately 8:30 p.m.”

A few things for voters to remember Tuesday include:

* Voters can go to www.sos.ga.gov/mvp to view sample ballots and confirm the correct voting location

* Voters who voted a party ballot in July cannot switch to the other party’s runoff ballot in August

* Democratic races in the runoff are not countywide, so a Democratic ballot is only available in 38 of 153 precincts

* If you voted a Democratic Primary ballot and there is no Democratic runoff in your area, you can still select a Nonpartisan ballot and vote in the runoff for the judicial race

*Voters who were eligible but did not vote in July may vote in the runoff and may choose any available ballot

* Voters who voted a nonpartisan ballot in July may choose any available ballot for the runoff

* If you believe that you’ve been given the wrong ballot, your ballot does not contain the candidates you believe it should or you have questions, please notify a poll worker before touching the “Cast Ballot” button. Once you touch “Cast Ballot,” the vote is final.

Eveler declined to make any predictions about voter turnout, but chairman candidate Republican Bill Byrne, who is running against incumbent Tim Lee, said he is guessing there will be a 10 percent, or about 39,000 voters, turnout for Tuesday’s runoff.

Lee said he did not have any idea what turnout would be.

Of the 398,052 registered voters in Cobb, 124,910, or about 31 percent, participated in the July 31 primary.

The other runoffs include the GOP race for clerk of superior court. Rebecca Keaton was first in the three-person field and John H. Skelton was next. 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 for the Post 7 Cobb School Board seat. The winner will face incumbent Democrat Alison Bartlett Nov. 6.

The Democratic runoff for county commissioner in southwest Cobb District 4 features Lisa Cupid challenging incumbent Woody Thompson.

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.

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.

— News Editor Kim Isaza contributed to this report
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Keaton,Lake Will Win
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August 18, 2012
Those ladies will win despite all the negative information about them during this campaign season.
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