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Runoff election Tuesday
Graves, Hawkins up for House seat
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Forsyth County News
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* The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. To find your voting precinct, visit

* Voters must provide one of the six acceptable forms of photo identification: Georgia driver's license; valid ID card by any state or U.S. with photo; U.S. passport; government employee photo ID; U.S. military ID card with photo; tribal ID card with photo.

* Also: Beginning Monday, early voting for the July 20 primary will be held in the county’s election office in the Forsyth County administration building. It runs through July 16.

Source: Forsyth County
About 328 Forsyth County voters cast ballots early for the special election runoff for the 9th District U.S. House seat.

Given that turnout, the county's elections supervisor is not optimistic for long lines at the polls Tuesday.

“It’s been slow in the advance voting sites, so I’m hoping people come out for Election Day,” Barbara Luth said. “I hope for 5 percent, my goodness.

"I know the candidates are out there campaigning, so I can’t say it’s that.”

The special election May 11 narrowed the field of candidates from eight to two: former state lawmakers Tom Graves of Ranger and Lee Hawkins of Gainesville.

The winner will fill the unexpired term of Nathan Deal, who resigned to run for governor. The term expires at year's end.

In May, Graves carried the county with 4,334 votes, or about 48 percent, compared to 2,016 votes, or about 22 percent, for Hawkins.

In balloting across the 15-county 9th District, Graves tallied 18,306 votes, or 35.4 percent, to Hawkins' 12,000 votes, or 23.2 percent.

Turnout for last month's special election in Forsyth, most of which falls in the 9th District, was about about 11.6 percent of eligible registered voters.

That exceeded projections, but was well below figures from the 2008 presidential election.

Regardless of who wins Tuesday, both Graves and Hawkins are also running in the July 20 primary for a two-year term in the post.

The proximity of the elections means this week's victor will not have "incumbent" listed next to his name because the ballots for the primary have already been printed.

In fact, beginning Monday, voters can cast their ballots early in the primary, which features four other candidates.

Luth said that could keep some voters away from the polls Tuesday.

“The person they may have voted for in the first election didn’t win, so they don’t care to come out again for the runoff,” she said. “Maybe they’re waiting until July.”

The primary also includes races for county commission and school board, governor and other state offices, as well as state House and Senate.
Also on the ballot are a U.S. Senate seat and the 7th District U.S. House post.

The 7th District includes Forsyth precincts 17, 19, 21 and 30, and a small part of Precinct 8, all on the county's south end.

Regardless of turnout, the special election will cost somewhere between $80,000 and $90,000, Luth said. Next month's primary election will cost nearly $100,000.

The money comes from the county’s budget, she said, and none of these costs are reimbursed by the state.