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July runoff drawing more voters than May primary
Casey Cagle, Brian Kemp battle for GOP nomination for governor
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Alto resident Carolyn Garrison, far left, gets her voter access card from poll officer Angie Lowder at the Hall County Government Center in Gainesville, Thursday, July 19, 2018, during the penultimate day of early voting for the Republican primary runoff between Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp. - photo by David Barnes

Early voter turnout was higher for the upcoming runoff than the primary itself in Hall County.

Early voting in the runoff brought out 4,510 voters, according to the county’s elections office. The May 22 primary brought out 3,850 people.

Friday was the busiest day, with 643 people stopping by the Hall County Government Center to cast their ballots. That is more than triple the numbers from July 2, the first day of early voting, when 209 people voted.

There are just under 110,000 active registered voters in Hall. Total turnout for the May 22 primary was about 18 percent, when 19,414 ballots were cast.

The Republican ballot has three statewide races for Tuesday’s runoff: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp competing for governor; State Sen. David Shafer and state Rep. Geoff Duncan for lieutenant governor; and state Rep. Brad Raffensperger and Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle for secretary of state.

The Democratic ballot for Tuesday’s runoff has only one contest, Sid Chapman vs. Otha E. Thornton Jr. for state school superintendent. Registration Coordinator Terenda Sargent said on Friday morning that 136 Democratic ballots had been cast so far.

The elections office had also mailed out 729 absentee ballots and received 503 of them back as of Friday morning.

The county’s 31 precincts will be open and fully staffed Tuesday, Sargent said.

Voters can find their polling place for Tuesday on the Georgia Secretary of State website, www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

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