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Early voting for the Aug. 11 runoff began on Monday with most of the voting done so far by mail.

Republicans are voting to decide their nominees for two state House seats, as well as the District 2 seat on the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.

In House District 20, voters are choosing between Katrina Singletary and Charlice Byrd. Byrd got 3,945 votes in the Republican primary last month to Singletary’s 1,302 in the five-candidate race.

In House District 21 voters are choosing between engineer Brad Thomas and retired prosecutor Bill Fincher. Fincher got 4,468 votes in the Republican primary last month to Thomas’ 3,398 in the three-way race.

In the District 3 commission race, Richard Weatherby received 4,179 votes in last month’s party primary and is facing Johnny Knocke, who got 3,778 votes in the three-way race. No Democrat qualified to seek the seat, so the winner of the Republican runoff will take office when retiring Commissioner Raymond Gunnin’s term expires at the end of this year.

Through Tuesday 94 in-person ballots had been cast, while 2,364 absentee ballots had been received.

Early and advance voting continues weekdays through Aug. 7 at the Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration office, 400 E. Main St., Canton. Voting hours for early and advance voting are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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