Politics: As Aug. 11 runoff ticks closer, some answers to your questions about who can and can’t vote in the sheriff’s, U.S. House races.

Politics: As Aug. 11 runoff ticks closer, some answers to your questions about who can and can’t vote in the sheriff’s, U.S. House races.

With a critical local primary runoff set for Aug. 11, we’ve received some questions on who can vote and when. Here are the answers, courtesy of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office:

Q: Do I have to vote again if I voted in June?

A: Georgia voters are encouraged to vote early and often. The Aug. 11 runoff will be held in 93 of Georgia’s 159 counties. Georgians in areas where there are elections are encouraged to participate. (From Hometown): In Floyd County, Republicans will chose the next sheriff and also will be among those in 12 counties picking the GOP nominee for the 14th Congressional District.

Q: Do I have to vote again if I voted for one of the two candidates in the runoff? Isn’t it just the losing candidates’ voters that have to vote again?

A:The Aug. 11 runoff is a separate election from the June 9 primary elections. As a result, voters will need to vote again in the Aug. 11 elections if they want to participate in deciding the winner from among the candidates on the ballot. Voting on June 9, even if your chosen candidate continued on to the runoff, does not constitute a vote for the same candidate in the Aug. 11 elections.

Q. Can I change parties between the Primary and the Primary Runoff?

A. By Georgia law, Georgians who chose one party in the primary can only vote in that party’s runoff election.

Q: If I didn’t vote in the Primary, can I still vote in the Primary Runoff?

A: Yes. If the voter was registered to vote in Georgia in time for the June 9 Primary, i.e. May 11, even if they did not vote, they are eligible to vote in both federal and state runoff elections. Those who were not registered to vote in Georgia in time for the June 9 primaries can still register to vote by July 13, but they will only be able to vote for federal, not state, candidates.

Q: What is a Primary Runoff?

A: By Georgia law, if no candidate in a primary or general election receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters face off in a runoff election.

Q: Why do I have to choose a party in a Primary anyway?

A: Voters do not have to choose a party during a primary election. They can select a nonpartisan ballot but that would only include general elections held on the same day as the primary election or nonpartisan elections held on that day. Partisan primaries would be excluded. Voters have to choose a party for their primary ballot to determine which party’s primary candidates would appear on their ballot.


Aug. 11 runoff ballot:

Floyd County Sheriff, Republican

  • Tom Caldwell
  • Dave Roberson
  • The runoff winner earns the seat; there is no Democratic candidate.

U.S. House, District 14: Includes voters in Floyd, Gordon, Polk and Chattooga counties as well as eight hours. Bartow is in the 11th District.

  • John Cowan
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • The winner faces Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in the Nov. 3 general election.

County-by-county:

  • Polk: The 14th District Race and the State Senate 31st District Race between Jason Anavitarte and Boyd Austin. The winner races Democrat Tianna Smith in the Nov. 3 general election.
  • Gordon: No other races than the 14th District.

KEY ELECTION DATES

  • July 20: Advance voting begins for runoff, ends Aug. 7.
  • Aug. 11: Primary runoff.
  • Nov. 3: General election.
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