December 23, 2013

Early voting going slow in state House special election

Just six people had voted in Whitfield County as of Monday morning in early voting in the special election for state House of Representatives District 2.

That district includes Trichum, Tunnel Hill and Westside in Whitfield County, as well as parts of Walker and Catoosa counties. The Whitfield precincts include some 6,800 registered voters.

Early voting halts today and Wednesday because the Whitfield County Courthouse is closed for the Christmas holiday. It resumes Thursday in the elections office and will conclude Friday, Jan. 3. The election will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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 2014. Neal 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.

In both early voting and the special election, voters need to 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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