Early and absentee voting for the August 10 runoff is scheduled to begin Monday, August 2.
Barrow County Elections supervisor Katie Ferm has already begun the process of preparing and testing the machines.
Voting will take place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Barrow County Elections Office located at 233 E. Broad Street, Winder.
Though ballots are not yet available, Ferm encouraged those who wish to take advantage of absentee voting to request a ballot as soon as possible.
Voters may request a ballot by calling the elections office at 770-307-3110.
Applications are also available on the Barrow County Elections site, www.barrowga.org/vote, and on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, http://vote.ga.gov. The Secretary of State’s website also allows voters to check registration, find polling locations, check on the status of absentee ballots and view sample ballots. Several races in this year’s primary will be settled in the August 10 runoff.
On the Republican ballot, voters will choose between Nathan Deal and Karen Handel for the gubernatorial nomination. The winner will face Roy Barnes in November. Barnes secured the Democratic nomination outright with 65 percent of his party’s vote.
Other statewide Republican races on the runoff ballot include the Attorney General’s race in which voters will choose between Sam Olens and Preston Smith as well as the race for insurance commissioner in which voters will be asked to decide between Maria Sheffield and Ralph Hudgens.
The District 2 Public Safety Commissioner seat is also headed to a runoff between Tim Echols and John Douglas.
Locally, Republican voters will decide between Shane Coley and Frank Ginn in the State Senate 47 race and between Jody Hice and Rob Woodall for the 7th U.S. Congressional District.
Democratic voters have one statewide race contested in the runoff.
Gail Buckner and Georganna Sinkfield are vying for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of State.