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Mind made up? Advance voting begins Monday
Cast your ballot at County Courthouse through July 16
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In this Herald file photo from October 2008, deputy registrar Shontay Jones helps a voter with her ballot. Advance voting for the July 20 primary election begins Monday at the Bulloch County Courthouse. - photo by Herald File

Republican Ballot

For United States Senate
JOHNNY ISAKSON

For Governor
JEFF CHAPMAN
NATHAN DEAL
KAREN HANDEL
ERIC JOHNSON
RAY MCBERRY
JOHN W. OXENDINE
OTIS PUTNAM

For Lieutenant Governor
L. S. CASEY CAGLE (Incumbent)

For Secretary of State
BRIAN KEMP (Incumbent)
DOUG MACGINNITIE

For Attorney General
SAM OLENS
PRESTON W. SMITH
MAX WOOD

For Commissioner of Agriculture
GARY BLACK
DARWIN CARTER

For Commissioner of Insurance
DENNIS CAIN
RICK COLLUM
SETH HARP
RALPH T. HUDGENS
TOM KNOX
JOHN MAMALAKIS
STEPHEN DALE NORTHINGTON
GERRY PURCELL
MARIA SHEFFIELD

For State School Superintendent
JOHN D. BARGE
KATHY COX (Incumbent)
RICHARD WOODS

For Commissioner of Labor
MARK BUTLER
MELVIN EVERSON

For Public Service Commissioner
B. JOSEPH "JOEY" BRUSH
JOHN DOUGLAS
TIM ECHOLS
JEFF MAY

For U.S. Representative in 112th Congress From the 12th Congressional District of Georgia
MICHAEL HORNER
RAYMOND MCKINNEY
JEANNE SEAVER
CARL SMITH

For State Senator From 4th District
JACK HILL (Incumbent)

For State Representative in the General Assembly From 156th District
BUTCH PARRISH (Incumbent)

For State Representative in the General Assembly From 157th District
JON G. BURNS (Incumbent)

For State Representative in the General Assembly From 158th District
TOM MCELWEE
JAN TANKERSLEY

For County Commissioner District 2B
WALTER C. GIBSON (Incumbent)

For County Commissioner District 2D
W. ROBERT RUSHING (Incumbent)

REPUBLICAN PARTY QUESTION

"Do you support an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the earliest biological beginning until natural death?"

YES
NO

 

Democrat Ballot

For United States Senate
RAKEIM "RJ" HADLEY
MICHAEL "MIKE" THURMOND

For Governor
THURBERT BAKER
ROY E. BARNES
BILL BOLTON
CARL CAMON
RANDAL MANGHAM
DUBOSE PORTER
DAVID POYTHRESS

For Lieutenant Governor
TRICIA CARPENTER MCCRACKEN
CAROL PORTER

For Secretary of State
GAIL BUCKNER
GARY HORLACHER
MICHAEL MILLS
ANGELA "MISS ANGELA" MOORE
GEORGANNA SINKFIELD

For Attorney General
KEN HODGES
ROB TEILHET

For Commissioner of Agriculture
J. B. POWELL

For Commissioner of Insurance
MARY SQUIRES

For State School Superintendent
BETH FAROKHI
JOE MARTIN
BRIAN WESTLAKE

For Commissioner of Labor
TERRY L. COLEMAN
DARRYL HICKS

For Public Service Commissioner
KEITH MOFFETT

For U.S. Representative in 112th Congress From the 12th Congressional District of Georgia
JOHN BARROW (Incumbent)
REGINA D. THOMAS

For State Representative in the General Assembly (157th District ONLY)
ELIZABETH JOHNSON

For County Commissioner District 1B
JONATHAN MCCOLLAR
ANTHONY D. SIMMONS (Incumbent)

 

 

      Primary election day isn’t until July 20, but if you have picked your favored candidates among more than a dozen local and state races, you don’t have to wait six weeks to cast your ballot. Advance voting for Georgia’s general primary election begins Monday.
      According to Bulloch County elections supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones, voters can go to the Elections and Registration Office in the County Courthouse between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through July 16 and cast their ballot on a voting machine.
      Also, from July 12 through July 16, residents can vote at the Honey Bowen Building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Lanier Jones said that advance voting is a great way for people to avoid the typical long lines on Primary Day.
      “We start June 7,” Lanier Jones said. “They can come in and vote. Those that procrastinate will have to deal with the crowd.”
      Deputy registrar Shontay Jones said there will be five machines at the courthouse polling station, one more than last year. She said that should help get voters in and out faster.
      Jones said early voting has become more popular over the past few years and she is hoping for a high turnout since there are some locally contested races this year, including seats on the Bulloch County Commission and for Georgia House District 158.
      “I usually tell people that depending on how exciting the local races are,” Jones said. “What we’ve experienced in the past is if you have local opposition – which is right here in the county – you have many more people come out.”
      As of June 1, Jones said that there are a total 38,212 eligible – active and inactive – voters in Bulloch County. Nearly 10,000 voters took advantage of early voting and absentee ballots during the 2008 general election. She does not expect that many to cast early ballots this year.
      “I’m expecting for us to be busy and I’m hoping that everyone will come out to vote,” Jones said. “These are important offices, regardless if there are local people on the ballot with opposition.”
      Jones added that there has not been any large voter registration drives like ones in the past. She said that her office has not received many calls or inquiries about early voting.
      “I don’t think we’ll break the 8,515.” Jones said. If we got up to 4,000 or 5,000 people in the 45 days, that would be great.”
      The last day to register to be eligible to vote in the July 20 primary is June 21. To access a copy of a sample ballot, visit the Secretary of State’s election website at http://vote.ga.gov.

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