Early voting began this week for the State Senate position previously occupied by the late Senator Jack Hill.

This election has created some confusion among voters because Republican candidates Scott Bohlke  and Billy Hickman are in a run-off for two completely separate races - the unexpired term of Senator Hill, which runs through Dec. 31, 2020, and the next four-year term on the Senate. 

Senator Hill was the only candidate to qualify for the next four-year term before his death in May. A new qualifying period was then opened for the next four-year term, and several candidates came forward to seek election for both the remainder of this term and the new term. After the June Primary, Bohlke and Hickman were the top vote getters for both the four-year term and for the remainder of the present term.

Early voting will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday this week, the week of July 27 and the week of Aug. 3. Polls will be open on Election Day, Aug. 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All voting will take place at the Jack Strickland Building.

No Saturday voting is required on a run-off and no legal notice of dates is required, either, as they were included in the original notice.

Voters who did not vote at all in the primary can still vote in the runoff for both the special election and for the Republican primary runoff for the full four-year term.

Those who voted Republican in the primary you can vote in the runoff and the special to fill out the term. Those who voted Democratic in the primary can vote for unexpired term only because it is a non-partisan special election. The four-year term is a Republican race. 

Both of these races are continuations of the partisan and non partisan primary.

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