Early voting for July 22 runoff underway

COVINGTON — Early voting is underway for the July 22 runoff election.

Commissioner J.C. Henderson is facing off against candidate Sonya Hunte for the District 4 seat in Newton County.

Only eight out of 22 precincts will be voting in the BOC race; however, there is still a statewide Republican runoff in which all precincts will participate, according to Board of Elections Director Donna Morrison.

The other runoff races are as follows:

• U.S. Senate race between Congressman Jack Kingston and David Perdue;

• District 10 U.S. House race between Jody Hice and Mike Collins; and

• District 112 state House race between Dave Belton of Morgan County and Aaron Brooks of Newton County.

Early voting began Monday and despite it starting during a holiday week, registered voters are taking time to cast a ballot. As of Wednesday morning 229 people had voted, according to a representative at the county’s Board of Elections office.

Citizens can vote in advance by going to the Newton County Administration Building, located at 1113 Usher St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until July 18. Those who don’t take advantage of the early voting will need to go to their polling location in order to vote on July 22.