Cowetans can vote early this Saturday for the Georgia House District 71 race.
Aug. 24 will be the only Saturday that early voting is offered for the special election. Early voting continues Monday through Friday next week, and election day is Sept. 3.
Early voting is offered at two locations: the Central Community Center, 65 Literary Lane, Newnan, and the Coweta Voter Registration Office, 22 East Broad Street, Newnan.
Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cowetans can also vote a paper absentee ballot by mail, though time is running out.
Only voters who live in District 71 are eligible to vote in the election. The district covers most of the eastern half of Coweta – except for the Senoia and Haralson areas – and a portion west of U.S. 29 from Palmetto to Madras.
To find out if you live in the district, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or call Coweta County Voter Registration at 770-254-2615.
Early voting has been fairly slow in the special election, in which four candidates are vying to fill the unexpired term of Rep. David Stover, R-Palmetto. The candidates are Republicans Nina Blackwelder, Marcy Sakrison and Philip Singleton and Democrat Jill Prouty. Because it is a special election, all candidates run together with no party primary.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there had been a total of 704 votes cast, though things were picking up this week, according to Elections Supervisor Jane Scoggins. There were 115 votes cast Wednesday.
If none of the four candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff election Oct. 1. In any case, this year’s winner will have to face another election next year, and qualifying for that race is in March.