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Newton Board of Elections prepares for runoff

COVINGTON — Elections in Newton County continue as Commissioner J.C. Henderson faces a runoff against candidate Sonya Hunte on July 22.

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.

The other runoff races are as follows:

• U.S. Senate race between former 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 begins Monday, June 30, and continues until Friday, July 18. 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 during the early voting period.

However, Board of Elections Director Donna Morrison reminds voters who aren’t voting early that the administration building is not a precinct. She said eligible voters can find their precinct polling location on their voter registration card.

Morrison said citizens should check the Georgia Secretary of State website to see if they’re eligible to vote.

“Even if voters didn’t vote in the primary, they can still vote in the runoff,” Morrison said. “As long as they’re eligible voters. However, if citizens did vote in the primary, they can’t switch parties in the runoff.”

When asked what it cost to hold the primary and runoff, Morrison said those price tags haven’t been configured yet.