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Light turnout expected for Tuesday’s runoff

POSTED: July 17, 2014 8:35 p.m.

Only a small number of Effingham County’s 28,000 registered voters are expected to cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary runoff.

“I’m estimating somewhere around two percent,” said county elections supervisor Olivia Morgan.

The Republican ballot has only three races and the Democratic ticket just two, and none of them are for county offices.

“If there was something local on the ballot, I think turnout would be better,” Morgan surmised.

The runoff will determine which candidates will run in the November election for U.S. Senate, U.S. House District 1 and state school superintendent.

Democrats will decide between Alisha Morgan and Valarie Wilson for state school superintendent, and Brian Reese and Amy Tavio for District 1. The Republican ballot includes Michael Buck and Richard Woods vying for superintendent, and Buddy Carter and Bob Johnson in the House race.

Republicans also have a key vote for U.S. Senate between Jack Kingston and David Perdue. The winner will oppose Democrat Michelle Nunn in November to succeed retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

All 17 of Effingham County’s polling places will be open Tuesday, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

People who voted in the Republican or Democratic primary in May will be required to vote the same party’s ballot for the runoff. They can vote in either party’s runoff if they did not vote or voted non-partisan in the May 20 primary.

As of Thursday, 423 people had cast ballots at the elections office during the early voting period.

“Compared to the primary, that’s actually pretty good,” Morgan said.

Early voting, in-person and by mail, ends Friday.

The turnout in Effingham County for the May 20 primary was 4,997 ballots, or 17.8 percent of the 28,010 registered voters, according to the secretary of state’s totals.

Polling places
District 1
1A – Zion Lutheran Church Social Hall, 121 Noel C. Conaway Rd.
1B – Sandhill Baptist Church, 1931 Sandhill Rd.
1C – Meldrim Baptist Church, 229 Ohoopee Ave
1D – Faulkville Baptist Church, 144 Zeigler Rd.
District 2
2A – Church of Christ, 1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd.
2B – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 155 Goshen Rd.
2C – Grace Community Church, 1094 Goshen Rd.
District 3
3A – Elam Egypt Baptist Church, 184 5th St.
3B – Clyo Community Center, 545 Fair St., Clyo
3C – Bethel Lutheran Church, 1984 Highway 21
3D – Pilgrim Baptist Association, 810 Central Blvd., Guyton
District 4
4A – Springfield Methodist Family Life Center, 210 Cleveland St., Springfield
4B – Rincon Church of God Family Life Center, 3430 Highway 21, Rincon
4C – Effingham Multi-Agency Call Center, 181 Recycle Way, Guyton
District 5
5A – Macomber Recreational Center, 1004 Lexington Ave.
5B – Rincon Baptist Temple, 305 Weisenbaker Rd.
5C – First Christian Church, 5835 Highway 21

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