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1 week left to vote early in runoff
School board, Senate races on ballot in Hall County
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With one week of advance voting left, more than 1,000 Hall County voters have cast ballots in the runoff set for July 22.

Charlotte Sosebee, Hall’s director of elections, said 1,386 have voted in the two weeks since early voting began. Another 377 absentee ballots have been returned to the office and will be counted on Election Day July 22.

That compares to 2,354 votes in the three weeks leading up to the May 20 primary and 409 absentee ballots.

The most notable local race to be decided is for the South Hall seat on the Hall County Board of Education. Incumbent Brian Sloan barely missed the 50 percent plus 1 he needed to avoid the runoff, landing at 49.99 percent of the vote in the May 20 primary. He faces challenger Mark Pettitt who garnered 25.04 percent of the vote.

Primary election turnout was 19.28 percent. Runoffs typically pull fewer voters, but where third candidate Traci Lawson McBride’s votes go is anybody’s guess.

The other big-ticket race is between David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The GOP winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford of Flowery Branch in November.

Both Perdue and Kingston have visited Hall County in the weeks leading up to the race. Kingston has since pulled in an endorsement from 9th District U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville.

Perdue meanwhile has announced a bus tour hitting Hall County and surrounding areas next week. On Wednesday, he’ll be at Curt’s Cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. and then Loretta’s Country Kitchen at 8 a.m., both in Oakwood.

Advance voting is held between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, ending Friday at the Hall County Government Center elections office on the lower floor, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. Saturday voting is not planned for the runoff.

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