Advance in-person voting begins Tuesday

Advance in-person voting begins Tuesday

Fayette County’s registered voters need not wait until July 26 to cast a vote in the 2016 General Primary Election runoff, as advance in-person voting begins Tuesday, July 5, only at the county Elections Office at Stonewall Village in Fayetteville.
Advance in-person voting will be offered Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no Saturday or Sunday voting, nor will there be voting on Monday, July 25, which is the day before the regular General Primary Election runoff.
Voters who voted Democrat in the May 24 General Primary Election must chose another Democrat ballot if participating in the runoff, and voters who voted Republican in the May 24 General Primary Election must chose another Republican ballot if participating in the runoff. Voters who did not cast a ballot in the primary may chose a runoff ballot from either party.
Only Democrats living in the 63rd Georgia House of Representatives district will have a ballot at all, as Debra Bazemore and Linda Pritchett compete for that seat, the winner taking the prize as there will be no Republican challenger in November’s General Election.
Depending on where the voter lives, some Republicans may have up to three races to decide on the runoff ballot.
Coweta County State Senator Mike Crane and former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson are competing to fill Third District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland’s soon-to-be-vacated seat. The winner will face Democratic opposition from Angela Pendley.
73rd District Georgia House of Representatives incumbent John Yates is being challenged by Griffin chiropractor Karen Mathiak. The winner will face Democrat Rahim Talley in the fall.
Defense attorney Rudjard Hayes is challenging Assistant District Attorney Ben Coker on the Republican runoff ticket for the district attorney seat being vacated by Scott Ballard, who on May 24 won the Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court judgeship currently held by Tommy Hankinson. The district attorney runoff winner will become the next district attorney, because there is no Democratic challenger in that race.

Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.