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Flowery Branch early voting begins today
City Council Post 3 runoff is between Richards and Covert
Sheri Duke casts her ballot March 6 for a representative for City Council Post 3 at the Flowery Branch City Hall. Early voting starts today in Flowery Branch for the April 3 runoff for the City Council Post 3 seat. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

We ask, you answer

With a high turnover rate in the city, Flowery Branch residents are being asked to vote for what may feel like the 1,000th time. What about you? Are you feeling fatigued by local races or the presidential race? The March vote was only the start of the season as we move toward the general primary election in July and general election in November.

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Early voting begins today in the April 3 runoff for the Flowery Branch City Council Post 3 race.

Residents can cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through March 30, according to a legal advertisement from the South Hall city.

All voting on council races, advance or otherwise, takes place at City Hall, 5517 Main St. The runoff voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The runoff is necessary because none of three candidates for the post received more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the March 6 special election.

Fred Richards claimed the most votes, with 122, followed by Jason Covert, who netted 119 votes. Pat Zalewski received 29 votes.

The runoff will be between Richards and Covert.

The April 3 winner will serve out the term started by Kris Yardley on Jan. 1, 2010, and set to end Dec. 31, 2013. Yardley resigned last year to run for the state House of Representatives.

The council has been in a state of turnover for the past couple of years, but once the Post 3 seat is filled, it seems set until November 2013, when the mayor's seat and the Post 3, 4 and 5 seats are up for grabs.