Early voting almost finished in runoffs
by Joshua Sharpe
November 23, 2013 11:10 PM | 1046 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Just days remain before early voting ends Wednesday for the Dec. 3 runoff elections for two seats on the Canton City Council and the District 14 post in the state Senate.

Early voting for the runoffs, which resulted from the Nov. 5 election, has been going since Nov. 18, and as of late Friday, 434 people have been in to cast their ballot, according to the elections office.

Cherokee County elections supervisor Janet Munda said the turnout was “great,” considering the election is a runoff.

“I think some candidates got out and are working really hard,” Munda said Friday. “I think that may be what it is.”

In the runoff, Sandy McGrew and Clint Weatherby are facing off for the Ward 1 seat on the Canton City Council, and John R. Rust and Farris Yawn are vying for the Ward 3 seat.

McGrew led the race for Ward 1 on Nov. 5 with about 49 percent of the vote, over Weatherby’s 35 percent. In Ward 3, Rust claimed about 44 percent of the vote in the four-candidate race, and Yawn came in second with 29 percent.

But none of the candidates got more than 50 percent of the votes, and the top two vote-getters were sent to the runoff as a result.

Bartow County candidates Bruce Thompson and Matt Laughridge in the race for the District 14 state Senate seat had similar luck Nov. 5.

Thompson led the five-candidate race with about 33 percent of the vote for the seat covering parts of Cherokee, Bartow and Cobb counties, and Laughridge came in second with 26 percent.

Because Thompson and Laughridge came in first and second, they’re the two candidates who made it on the ballot for the Dec. 3 runoff, and both have said they are deep in the midst of the second leg of their campaigns.

With only days left in early voting, Munda said she wanted to remind voters that even though the Dec. 3 election is a runoff, anyone registered can vote.

“It doesn’t matter if you voted or not in the last election,” she said. “As long as they are registered, that’s all that matters.”

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