2018-07-05 / Front Page

Public reminded that early voting is now underway

voting for the July 24 run­off election began Monday, July 2, and continues through July 20, 2018. During this time residents may cast their ballots at The Lin­coln Center from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The election office will be closed on the Fourth of July.

To be nominated for their parties, candidates must win a majority (50 percent plus one) of the votes in the primary election. With no can­didate in several races winning a majority of the votes, the top two from each face each other in the primary runoff.

The runoff election will be when voters will decide on the Republi­can Party nominee for governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary of state. The only runoff on the Democratic Party ballot is a race for the state school superintendent. General elections will be held No­vember 6.

Lincoln County Elections Direc­tor Lilvender Bolton has informed the public that “If you voted in the May 22 primary under the Demo­cratic ticket you are eligible to vote only in the democratic runoff for state school superintendent. You have to stay with the same party that you voted with in the General Primary, you cannot switch until November.”

The 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election will take place on Novem­ber 6, 2018, to elect the next gov­ernor of Georgia. Incumbent Re­publican Governor Nathan Deal is term-limited and thus cannot seek reelection to a third consecutive term. The primary runoff will be held on July 24 between Republi­can candidates Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp. The Democrats have nominated Stacey Abrams, who will be on the ballot in the General Election in November.

Requests for applications for ab­sentee ballots may be made by tele­phone (706-359-6126) or by written statement. The written statements may either be faxed to 706-359- 7396; mailed to the elections and voter registration office at P.O. Box 1419, Lincolnton, Georgia, 30817; or delivered to the elections office, located at 160 May Avenue in The Lincoln Center. After your county election office reviews your appli­cation, you will receive your ballot in the mail at the address you des­ignated on your application. Last day for a registrar to issue absentee ballots is July 20.

A close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for individuals who are physically disabled or tempo­rarily outside of Lincoln County.

For more information about the election process, or for early or ab­sentee voting information, contact the Lincoln County Board of Elec­tions and Registration Office at 706-359- 6126.

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