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Primary runoff election Tuesday

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

POSTED: July 22, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Jack Murphy, Michael Williams, Donna Gopaul and Bill Finch are each seeking election today.

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FORSYTH COUNTY — Those who haven’t taken advantage of the early voting options for the the primary runoff election can still vote between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

While Forsyth County voters who came out early had their choice of five polling locations, those today will only be allowed to cast a ballot at their assigned precinct.

Barbara Luth, voter registrations and elections supervisor, has previously described the voter turnout as impressive.

“This is definitely going to be one of our best runoff elections to date,” she said.

According to information from the voter registrations and elections office, as of Friday, when advance voting ended, nearly 5,200 people had cast ballots either in person or by mail.

The runoff election is open to any registered voter who hasn’t already cast their ballot prior to today, according to elections officials.

Depending on what part of the county a voter lives, the Republican ballot could include as many as three local posts: County solicitor general, District 27 state Senate and District 22 state House of Representatives.

District 22 covers part of Cherokee, northern Fulton and southwestern Forsyth counties. In Forsyth, that amounts to voters living in the Brandywine, Polo and Midway precincts, or about 10,000 residents.

The race features Cherokee County residents Meagan Biello and Wes Cantrell.

As for state Senate District 27, which includes all of Forsyth except the tiny northeastern corner, incumbent Jack Murphy faces challenger Michael Williams.

Donna Gopaul, who was appointed to the post in March 2013 by Gov. Nathan Deal, faces William “Bill” Finch in the county solicitor general race.

No Democrats are running for any of the three offices in November, so today’s election decides the outcome.

There are also runoff contests for the Republican U.S. Senate and Republican and Democrat state school superintendent nominations.



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