The Fayette County Elections Office is hard at work preparing for the September 3 special election to fill the Georgia House of Representatives seat vacated by David Stover.
Stover’s District 71 is located almost entirely in Coweta County, but a small sliver of it creeps into Fayette west of 74 and north of 54. Out of the 92,318 registered voters in Fayette County, just 4,152 are eligible to cast a ballot in the special election.
Stover has represented District 71 since 2013. He was reelected in 2018 with his term set to end in 2020. He announced his resignation upon learning he was expecting his first child.
Four candidates have qualified for the special election: Republicans Nina Blackwelder, Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison, and Philip Singleton, and Democrat Jill Prouty.
Early voting will be held at the county complex and at the Peachtree City Library. Early voting hours will be Monday, August 12-Friday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, August 19-Friday, August 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday, August 26-Friday, August 30 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The winner of the election must win 50 percent plus one vote. If needed, the runoff will be held October 1.
The election, along with the likely runoff, to fill the unexpired term is expected to cost the county at least $31,000.
The special election will use the same electronic voting machines as in recent years. The state plans to switch to a new system including paper ballots in 2020.
To see if you are eligible to vote in the special election, contact the elections office at 770-305-5408 or visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov to see if you are in District 71.