Early voting in the runoff for Georgia House District 71 will begin Monday and end on Friday.
There is just one week of early voting for the runoff, and Election Day is Oct. 1.
Philip Singleton was the top vote-getter in the Sept. 3 election, with 36.84 percent of the vote. Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison was close behind with 34.2 percent.
Singleton and Sakrison, both Republicans, are running to replace Rep. David Stover, R-Palmetto, who resigned in June.
On Monday, Singleton picked up an endorsement from Stover. He’s also been endorsed by Nina Blackwelder, the third Republican in the race, who came in fourth in the Sept. 3. election, with 6.86 percent. Democrat Jill Prouty received 22.1 percent of the vote.
"I ran for the State House because I saw a need for principled leadership at our State Capitol that would have a liberty first approach,” Blackwelder said in a statement. "While the results were not what we had hoped for, it is about the cause, not the candidate.
"That is why I am endorsing Philip Singleton as our next member of the Georgia State House. Philip respects the notion of limited government and is liberty’s best chance,” Blackwelder said.
Early voting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at two locations – the Coweta County Voter Registration Office at 22 East Broad Street, Newnan, and the Central Community Center at 65 Literary Lane, Newnan, near the intersection of Lower Fayetteville Road and Ga. Hwy. 154.
Voters who wish to vote a paper absentee ballot by mail will need to hurry. Those who voted a paper ballot for the Sept. 3 election will automatically be sent a ballot for the runoff, unless they ask that one not be sent, said Jane Scoggins, Coweta elections supervisor.
Other voters will need to submit an application for an absentee ballot. Absentee ballot applications can be obtained from the Voter Registration Office, 22 East Broad Street, or online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov .
Or, you can make your own. On a sheet of paper, simply write “absentee ballot application,” your name, address, birthdate, the address you want the ballot sent to and the election you are requesting the ballot for, and sign it. It’s also a good idea to add a phone number or email address so that elections officials can easily contact you if there is a problem.
Applications picked up at the voter registration office can be filled out and turned in on the spot, or sent in. Parents can request a ballot for their children who are off at school.
Applications can be mailed to Coweta Voter Registration Office, 22 East Broad St., Newnan, GA 30263 or faxed to 770-683-2800. Ballots will then be sent in the mail.
To be counted, ballots must be in the voter registration office by 7 p.m. on election day. Ballots can be mailed in or returned by the voter. Elderly or disabled voters can have immediate family members turn in ballots.
For more information, visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or call 770-254-2615.