A total of 3,839 people ventured to the polls on Monday, the first day of early voting ahead of the Dec. 4 runoff election, according to Cobb Elections.

Cobb voters will have races for Georgia’s Secretary of State and a seat on the state’s Public Service Commission on their ballots.

Both races went to a runoff because neither candidate took a 50-percent-plus-one-vote majority in the Nov. 6 election.

Cobb Elections also reports that 10,870 mail-in ballots have been issued for the runoff, with 518 of those already returned.

Monday’s votes were cast across six locations in Cobb.

For comparison, the first day of early voting ahead of this year’s general election, Oct. 15, saw 1,290 people vote in-person, though there was only one location open on that date.

On Oct. 20, the first day of early voting with a second location open, a total of 3,173 people voted in-person.

Early voting for the runoff continues through Friday.

Cobb Elections’ main office — 736 Whitlock Avenue in Marietta — will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, while five satellite locations across the county will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.

Those locations are:

  • Jim Miller Park event center, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta;
  • East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta;
  • North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main Street, Acworth;
  • Riverside EpiCenter, 135 Riverside Parkway, Austell; and
  • Ward Recreation Center, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs.

Voters can go to any location if casting a ballot early, but must go to their assigned polling place on Election Day. Voters can find their Election Day polling place at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

The race for secretary of state sees Democrat John Barrow, an attorney and former congressman, facing Republican Brad Raffensperger, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and business owner.

Libertarian candidate J. Smythe Duval has endorsed Barrow in the runoff.

Raffensperger finished first in the first round of voting, taking 1,906,588 votes or 49.1 percent, according to certified results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. Barrow received 1,890,310 votes, good for 48.7 percent, while Duval received 86,696 votes, or 2.2 percent.

Also on the ballot is the race for the District 3 seat on the Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in Georgia. Commissioners on the PSC are elected statewide.

In the first round of voting, Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton finished first with 1,917,656 votes, or 49.7 percent, followed by Democrat and business owner Lindy Miller, who received 1,838,020 votes, or 47.6 percent. Libertarian Ryan Graham received 102,878 votes, or about 2.7 percent.

For more information, visit CobbElections.org.


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