January 6, 2014

Special election today for state House seat

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Voters go to the polls today in Trichum, Tunnel Hill and Westside in Whitfield County, as well as parts of Catoosa and Walker counties, in a special election for state House of Representatives District 2.

Pharmacist and former LaFayette mayor Neal Florence, businessman and former Chickamauga City Council member and school board member Steve Tarvin and attorney Doug Woodruff, all Republicans, are running for the unexpired term of Jay Neal, which concludes at the end of this year.

Neal, a Republican, stepped down in November after being appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry, which helps integrate prison inmates into society.

If no candidate gets at least 50 percent plus one in the general election, a runoff between the top two candidates will be Feb. 4.

Some 6,800 Whitfield residents are registered to vote in the area of the special election. But just 40 voted in advance voting. The Whitfield County elections office also sent out 11 absentee ballots for the race, and had gotten 10 of them back by Monday afternoon.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, though those in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote after 7.

Voters must show an accepted form of valid photo ID. These include a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free voter ID card issued by a county registrar’s office or the Department of Driver Services; a valid passport; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, the state of Georgia or any county, municipality, board, authority or other state entity; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.

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