Voters to head to polls Tuesday for Primary

Election campaign signs dot the landscape prior to Tuesday's General Primary.

As of Tuesday at noon, almost 1100 Candler County voters have participated in early voting before next Tuesday’s General Primary, 400 at the polls and 700 by absentee ballot.

Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday of this week, or voters can turn out on the day of the General Primary, June 9, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., all at the Jack Strickland Building of Metter-Candler Recreation Department.

Some local races 

to be decided

Tuesday’s election will determine the winner in two local races: County commission chair and coroner. That is because all candidates in each race qualified on the Republican ticket.

Other local races, including sheriff, District 1 commissioner and District 3 commissioner, will be determined in November. However, in the District 1 commission race, Democratic voters will determine whether Virgil Monte Meridy or Gregory Thomas will be on the November ballot against Republican candidate Larry Miles Jr. The state representative race will also be determined in November.

Also on Tuesday, all voters will decide on who will fill the unexpired term of the late Senator Jack Hill and Republican voters will choose who will appear on the ballot in November for the next four-year term.

The winner of the regional district attorney race will also be determined on Tuesday as both candidates are Republican. 

The ballot also includes national Primary races, including president and U.S. representative.

Safety protocols

in place

If voters have concerns about safety in light of COVID-19, safety measures have been taken.

Election personnel are behind plexiglass partitions and the building is marked directing pathways.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office suggests additional safety measures:

• Consider bringing a face covering. Voters are not required to wear one but it is encouraged.

• Review your ballot at to reduce time at the polls.

• Bring your absentee ballot if you requested for one to be mailed to you; the ballot must be canceled before you can vote in person.

• Plan to wait in line. Due to social distancing measures, election officials anticipate longer wait times as fewer voters are allowed into the polls at one time.

Don’t forget

• You will need to show a valid state or federal government-issue photo ID, including a free ID card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

• Social distance by standing 6’ away from others while waiting in line. 

• Review your selections, print your ballot at your individual voting station and cast your paper ballot in the scanner before leaving the polls.

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