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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

July 18, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Election officials say many voters are confused by Georgia's primary election, and urge voters to understand the rules in next month's runoff.

If you voted Democratic or Republican in Tuesday's election, you can only vote in that party's runoff election August 5th.

Lee County elections supervisors are getting ready for that runoff. Veronica Johnson said many voters Tuesday were confused by the Primary election. It is state law,  candidates run in the party of their choice for an office, and voters decide which candidate will represent that party in November's general election.

 The runoff next month will decide contests where no candidate got a majority of the votes. Lee County Election Supervisor Veronica Johnson said  "It's a continuation of the same election. It's not a separate election. So you can't switch parties. But if you chose to vote Democrat or Republican July 15th, it doesn't affect how you vote in November."  

 There will be two Lee County offices involved in the runoff, one for Tax Commissioner and one Smithville City Council seat.

 But the Georgia State Senate District 13 Special Primary Election will also be on the Republican ballot, with five candidates. And there will be advanced voting, starting July 28th.

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