It’s already time to vote in Georgia

Published 6:53 pm Thursday, July 5, 2018

If it only feels like it’s been a few weeks since you voted, you’re right. In May, Georgia voters went to the polls in primaries, casting ballots in major races across the state.

Guess what? It’s already time to vote again.

Early voting started Monday for the run-off election, with the actual run-off taking place on July 24.

And although you’re probably tired of hearing about these races, it’s important not to let all the back and forth weigh you down. Even if you mute all the TV commercials or simply change the channel, these races will decide the future of our state.

The Republican run-off ballot will include the top three positions in Georgia, and the Democratic ballot includes a race for State School Superintendent.

If you need a recap, the Republican ballot includes the all-important race for governor between Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp.

They continue to go back and forth in the media and a debate was held Thursday night. Recent polling shows the race to be extremely close.

The winner will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in November.

Also on the Republican ballot will be the race for lieutenant governor, where the winner of David Shafer and Geoff Duncan will face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico in the general election.

The race for Secretary of State, which features David Belle Isle and Brad Raffensperger, will also be on the ballot, with the winner set to face Democrat John Barrow.

The Democratic ballot features the State School Superintendent race between Sid Chapman and Otha E. Thornton Jr. The winner will face incumbent Richard Woods.

There’s plenty of time to familiarize yourself with these candidates, or if you already know who you’d like to vote for, there’s plenty of time to cast your ballot before July 24.

Run-offs typically have very low voter turnout. In May, about 17 percent of total Troup County voters took part in the election.

It’d be a shame if the turnout was that low again, or even lower.

There’s too much at stake for that to be the case.