A woman casts her ballot during early voting in May at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in Atlanta. (REANN HUBER/REANN.HUBER@AJC.COM)
Photo: Reann Huber
Photo: Reann Huber

Friday is the last day to vote early in Georgia’s primary runoff

Friday is the last opportunity Georgia voters have to cast their ballots early for next week’s primary runoff election.

Those who aren’t able to cast a ballot by then will have to go to their polling place Tuesday to vote.

Many Georgia voters have taken advantage of the early-voting window. As of Wednesday, more than 153,000 people had cast ballots since early voting opened July 2.

Republicans continue to outpace Democrats at early-voting booths, but they have more on the line. Republicans still have to choose their nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

A little more than 77 percent of the ballots cast so far have been in the Republican runoffs.

About 22 percent of the ballots cast have been in the Democratic runoffs. The top two elected offices for the party’s nominees were set during the May primary.

Only 771 early-voting ballots have been cast in nonpartisan races.

The runoffs are required in Georgia for races in which no candidate won a majority in the May 22 primary.

In the Republican runoffs, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are vying for the Governor’s Mansion while state Sen. David Shafer and former state Rep. Geoff Duncan hope to fill the state’s second-highest office.

The Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor are former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and business executive Sarah Riggs Amico, respectively.

On the Democratic side in the runoffs, voters are selecting candidates for Congress in metro Atlanta’s 6th and 7th districts. They’ll also decide the Democratic nominee for state school superintendent.

Early-voting locations and hours can be found online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

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