Republican Brad Raffensperger ahead in runoff race for GA Secretary of State

Polls closing at 7 p.m. for Georgia runoff elections

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - UPDATE: The Associated Press is calling Republican Brad Raffensperger the next Secretary of State in Georgia.

With 99 percent of all votes in, Raffensperger has 52.59 percent of the vote while Democrat John Barrow has 47.41 percent.

The Secretary of State position manages and oversees elections in the state, among other things. These results are unofficial. It will be a couple more days before they are official.

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The polls opened at 7 a.m. across Georgia for the state’s runoff elections Tuesday.

This was the final opportunity for voters to have their say in several races.

After a record-breaking voter turnout last month for Georgia’s General Election, polling locations anticipated the same on Tuesday. Savannah First Seventh-day Adventist Church had a line wrapped around the building and people voting throughout the night during the General Election. Tuesday, workers say it was just a steady stream of voters throughout the day, but no crowds like last time.

The Chatham County Board of Elections chairman says he added extra voting machines to some locations to speed up the process, and voters say it was much easier casting their ballots.

“It’s important to vote to have our voices heard and have a say in who and what represents us and our communities," and it was quick," said voter, Marini Jackson. “Very quick and easy. I did early voting last time and waited a long time, but it was very quick to come in today to vote.”

The Secretary of State race is in a runoff. Republican Brad Raffensperger is going head-to-head against Democrat John Barrow.

Raffensperger has the support of Republicans like President Donald Trump. Democrats like former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are backing John Barrow.

Voters will also be choosing a candidate to become the state’s Public Service Commissioner. That runoff is between Republican Chuck Eaton and Democrat Lindy Miller.

The Chatham County Board of Elections says they’re ready for Tuesday’s runoff. All voting machines have been tested and are now deployed to the 90 polling locations across the county.

Remember, voters must visit their assigned precinct and bring a valid picture ID, like a driver’s license, even if it’s expired, or a U.S. passport.

The chairman for the Chatham County board of elections says if you experience a problem, you need to speak with the polling manager before you submit your ballot.

The polls will close Tuesday at 7 p.m.

If you are unable to drive and need a lift to cast your ballot, the NAACP Savannah Branch is offering free rides to the polls all day. Just call (912) 233-4161 to request a ride.

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