May Canton early voting

In this May photo, voters show up for early voting at the Cherokee County Elections Warehouse in Canton.

Tuesday is Election Day for local and state runoff elections, and 1,832 Cherokee County voters have already cast their ballots, according to the county’s elections department.

Cherokee County had a week of early voting, which ended Friday. Of the ballots cast by the end of early voting, only six were returned valid absentee ballots.

Another 43 ballots were returned but were canceled, rejected or spoiled, according to the elections office. As of Friday, 1,332 ballots had yet to be returned.

About 81% of the ballots cast, 1,490, have been Republican ballots, per the elections office’s report, while 342 have been Democratic ballots.

June 21 runoff races include Republican primaries for two school board seats and for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, as well as Democratic primaries for some statewide races.

In the Cherokee County School Board District 5 race, Republicans Erin Ragsdale and Sean Kaufman are running to become the nominee and run against Democrat Sean Jackson in November. In the school board’s District 6, the election will be decided in the primary runoff between Republicans Susan Padgett-Harrison and Ray Lynch.

And, in the newly redrawn Sixth Congressional District, Republicans Jake Evans and Rich McCormick are seeking nomination in the runoff. The winner will face Democrat Bob Christian.

Those who did not vote in the May 24 primary or who selected a nonpartisan ballot can choose either a Republican or a Democratic ballot for the June 21 runoff. Anyone who cast a partisan ballot who is voting in the runoff will have to cast a ballot for the same party they selected in May.

On Election Day, voters must vote at their assigned precinct’s polling location. To view assigned precincts, voters can visit the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at

Election Day hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters on Election Day will need a government-issued ID to verify their identity.


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