THIS PAGE MOVING TO ARCHIVESPolitics: Turnout through 2 p.m. at sample precincts looks low. Polls open until 7 tonight. Continuing coverage all day — and night.

THIS PAGE MOVING TO ARCHIVESPolitics: Turnout through 2 p.m. at sample precincts looks low. Polls open until 7 tonight. Continuing coverage all day — and night.


This has been a runoff we soon won’t forget, especially for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The GOP race for lieutenant governor also got hot toward the end.


-here’s the 2 p.m. count for select precincts today: 133 people at North Rome, 94 at Town Rome, 28 at South Rome, 83 at East Rome, 106 at Mount Alto North and 132 at Mount Alto South. Those line up with some earlier numbers (noon) from the Alto precincts we received. Source: Elections office.

What to know:

When to vote:  Precincts will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Expanded details below.

Minor change for East Lindale precinct voters: Voters in the East Lindale precinct will still go to Hollywood Baptist Church but to a different spot — in Building D at 112 Lombardy Way in Rome.

Election Day weather:  A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


During election day: We’ll have turnout updates from the Floyd County elections office throughout the day.

Election night: We’ll have statewide results on the three GOP races and one Democratic race as well as county totals beginning after 7 p.m. The state reports will start around 7:20 p.m.

What to know about the general primary runoff: 

  • Three statewide races on the Republican ballot:
    • Governor: Casey Cagle vs. Brian Kemp
    • Lt. Governor: David Shafter vs. Geoff Duncan
    • Secretary of State: Brad Raffensperger vs. David Belle-Isle
  • One statewide race on the Democratic ballot:
    • School Superintendent: Otha Thornton vs. Sid Chapman

Who is eligible to vote in the General Primary Runoff Election?:

  • If you did not cast a ballot in general primary on May 22, you are still​ eligible​ to vote in the primary runoff and choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot.
  • If you ​cast ​a ​Republican​ ballot​ in May 22 primary, you must vote GOP in the runoff.
  • If you ​cast​ ​a ​Democratic ​ballot in May 22 primary, you vote Democrat in the runoff.
  • If you ​cast​ a Nonpartisan Ballot on May 22, you will be eligible​ to cast a ballot for either GOP or Democratic party.

To confirm voter registration, view sample ballots, or find your polling place, visit My Voter Page



Advance voting wraps up with big turnout.  How the votes stack up so far and what’s ahead.

Floyd County: 1,535 in-person early voters, including 265 on Friday.  This is an 80% increase over the last runoff in July 2014 with 839 people voting in advance overall. This year’s turnout exceeded the 50% increase predicted by Willie Green, Floyd County Supervisor of Elections and Registration.

Bartow County: 1,595 in-person voters participated in advance voting, including 57 Democratic ballots and 1,540 Republican ballots. There were 215 absentee ballots distributed through the mail (33 Democratic and 182 Republican) with 150 those returned as of Friday. “This is slightly lower absentee turnout than we had for the May Primary so I predict that the turnout will be about the same. I realize this is sad to say, but I would love to see the turnout climb to 20% on Election Day; however the reality is that it will probably be lucky to break 10%.” says Joseph Kirk, Election Supervisor in Bartow County. Sample ballot

Gordon County: 1,075 in-person early voters including 1,012 Republican ballots and 63 Democratic ballots. They issued another 116 absentee (paper) ballots with 90 of those returned so far. In the May 2018 primary, Gordon had 1,128 advance voters. “The voter turnout for Gordon County has been better than expected for early voting, we are hoping to see a 18% voter turnout for Election Day. That is a low turnout, hopefully we will see more voters to come out on Election Day and cast their ballot than what we are expecting,” says Shea Hicks, Gordon County Elections Chairperson.

Polk County: 771 in-person and absentee voters as of 5 p.m. on Friday.


Previous report on primary runoff. 

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