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House District 25 runoff election is today
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Gary and Audrie Osteen look through the poll materials assigned to the Oakwood 3 precinct as they pick up materials Monday afternoon at the Hall County Elections office. Today’s election is a runoff for the state House District 25 seat vacated by James Mills.

What’s on the ballot

What: Runoff elections
When: Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today

State House District 25

Represents: South Hall
Candidates: Bobby Banks, Emory Dunahoo Jr.

State Senate District 50

Represents: Portions of Towns, Rabun, Habersham, Stephens, Banks, Franklin and Hart counties
Candidates: Rick Austin, John K. Wilkinson

Election season comes to an end today, likely with more of a whimper than a bang.

Nearly 36,000 Hall County residents have the chance to vote on new representation for South Hall in the Georgia General Assembly.

The county's elections chief, Charlotte Sosebee, expects fewer than 10 percent of them will take the opportunity.

The race for the District 25 state House seat is down to two: Bobby Banks and Emory Dunahoo Jr.
Banks is a former Hall County commissioner who owns CBT Trucking with his wife Connie in Oakwood.

Dunahoo is a poultry salesman and a former partner and owner of K & D Transportation in Oakwood.

They received the most votes of seven candidates in a November election to replace 18-year Rep. James Mills, but neither received the majority required to take the seat. Mills resigned from the House in October to accept a job on Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles.

There are 35,818 voters in the county who are eligible to vote in one of 15 precincts today.

Already, 379 people have voted, Sosebee said. The number, which includes 24 absentee ballots, is approximately 1 percent of those eligible to vote today.

It's a little more than half the number that voted early in the November election. In that election, 13.9 percent of the eligible voters showed up by the end.

Sosebee was originally optimistic that 15 percent of the eligible voters would show up for the second round of the election, but attracting as many voters in the runoff is unlikely.

Now, Sosebee predicts about 9 percent of voters will turn up by the time polls close at 7 p.m.

Polls also are open for a runoff for state Senate District 50. Rep. Rick Austin and John K. Wilkinson are running for that seat, which represents portions of Towns, Rabun, Habersham, Stephens, Banks, Franklin and Hart counties.

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