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Early voting begins in mayoral race

Early voting begins in mayoral race

Early voting begins in mayoral race

Jonathan McCollar

Voters in the city of Statesboro can visit the Bulloch County courthouse to choose their next mayor — again.

An early election period for the Dec. 3 runoff — between top vote-getters in this month's mayoral election — opened Thursday and will run through Wednesday, Nov. 27, according to Shontay Jones, of the Bulloch County Board of Elections.

The period officially began Thursday morning, when final certification from the state was received by the elections office.

By 2:30 p.m., one vote had already been cast, Jones said.
The December election will settle a mayoral race between candidates Jonathan McCollar and Jan Moore.

The pair received the largest number of votes cast in a the general election, held Nov. 5.

Four candidates appeared on the ballot.

Moore, 51, led the way in votes, garnering approximately 40 percent (630 votes) of those submitted.

McCollar, 39, received a total of 563 votes — approximately 36 percent of those tallied.

More than 50 percent of votes would have been necessary for a candidate to win the race outright.

Moore, a Statesboro native, is the business editor for the Statesboro Herald and a behavior intervention specialist/psychologist for the Bulloch County Board of Education. She is seeking office for the first time.

McCollar, also a Statesboro native, is a senior community manager for the American Cancer Society and a Realtor. The December runoff is his second in approximately 12 months. He lost a race for the District 1 seat on Statesboro City Council last year, in a runoff against Councilman Phil Boyum.

A total of 1,585 voters participated in the Nov. 5 election, approximately 15 percent of registered voters in the city.

About 500 citizens participated in the early election period.

According to Jones, all in the city who were registered to vote prior to the Nov. 5 election may take part in the runoff, even if they did not vote in the city election, she said.

Anyone wishing to vote can do so Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Bulloch County Courthouse. Voters must present photo identification.

Valid forms of photo identification are a Georgia driver's license; valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, state of Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity in this state; or a valid U.S. passport, U.S. military photo ID or tribal photo ID.

A sample ballot for the election can be found online at

For information about elections or where to vote, people can contact the Bulloch County Board of Elections at (912) 764-6502 or (912) 489-1677, or visit the "My Voter" page at

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at city voting precincts on Dec. 3. Voters living in council Districts 1 and 2 can submit ballots at the William James Educational Complex, 150 Williams Road, and voters in Districts 3, 4 and 5 can submit ballots at Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.


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