Jackson County voters can go to the polls starting Monday for early voting for the July 22 Republican and Democratic party runoff elections, but don’t expect a big crowd.
Only 17.72 percent of the county’s voters turned out for the May 20 primaries, and with zero local races and only three statewide contests combined in the two runoffs, voter interest is slim.
Nonetheless, those wishing to cast their ballots early can go by the Voter Registration Office in the Jackson County Administrative Building, 67 Athens Street in Jefferson, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Monday through Friday through July 18. Voters should note the change in location from the auditorium — a result of an anticipated light advance voting turnout.
In addition, early voting will take place in Commerce and Braselton from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the week of July 14-18 at the Commerce Recreation Department office, 204 Carson Street, and the Braselton Municipal Complex, 5054 Hwy. 53, respectively.
Voters who participated in the May 20 primaries can vote only in the runoff election for the party in whose primary they voted.
Republicans will choose between David Perdue and Jack Kingston for their nominee for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Saxby Chambliss; and between Michael Buck and Richard Woods for their nominee for state school superintendent.
Democrats will select either Valarie Wilson or Alisha Thomas Morgan as the party nominee for state superintendent of schools.
All Jackson County voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the runoff election on Tuesday, July 22. The results will solidify the ballot for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.