Georgia Primary: Voters to choose top state, local nominees

Notice of Withdrawn Candidate posted at the polls Tuesday morning. (Source: WTOC)
Notice of Withdrawn Candidate posted at the polls Tuesday morning. (Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's a big day in Georgia as thousands of voters are expected to head to the polls to choose who they want to fill the state's top leadership positions as well as local leaders.

The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the state, and there are a lot of big decisions that need to be made, including the big race that everyone is watching -- who will replace Nathan Deal as the next governor of Georgia. Republican voters will see a pretty lengthy list with seven names, including Casey Cagle, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Clay Tippins, Brian Kemp, Michael Williams, and Marc Urbach.

At the polls Tuesday, a Notice of Withdrawn Candidate flyer is posted to update voters on two Republican candidates that have dropped out of the race for Governor. The notice states the following:

Notice is hereby given that Marc Urbach, Republican candidate for Governor, has withdrawn from the race.

On the same flyer, a Notice of Withdrawn Candidate was also posted for Eddie Hayes. It states the following:

Notice is hereby given that candidate Eddie Hayes, a candidate for Governor, has officially withdrawn from seeking office in the May 22, 2018 Republican Party General Primary Election.

On the Democratic ballot, voters will decide whether they want to see Stacey Abrams or Stacey Evans on the November ballot. If Abrams or Evans wins the governor's seat, they would be Georgia's first female governor.

The League of Women Voters of Coastal GA has background info on every female candidate. Check them out online by clicking here.

In Chatham County, voters will select who they want to see on the school board, including a new president. All ballots will look a little different depending on the district that you live in. Some may vote for a school board member, while others may not. However, every voter in Chatham County will see school board president on their ballot, which consists of five candidates running for that seat.

Those voting in Districts 4, 5, 6, and 8 will have an opportunity to vote for who they would like to represent them at the school board meetings. District 4 voters will only see one candidate running for their school board seat. While Districts 5, 6, and 8 will each have to select between two different candidates.

There are democratic, republican, and nonpartisan ballots. It is important to know that you will need to decide on which ballot you want before heading to the polls on Tuesday. Normally in other races, you would not have to select a certain ballot. However, the board of elections says because this is a primary, you will need to select a party.

So, if you plan to do your homework ahead of time - be sure you are looking at your specific ballot. You can find sample ballots and polling location information by clicking here. If your polling location has changed recently, the chairman for the Chatham County Board of Elections says you should've been notified via mail.

Also, be sure to bring one of the accepted forms of identification with you to the polls, like a driver's license or a passport.

Remember, how you vote today will help determine who we see on the ballot this November.

"It's an important part of the process. After the primaries are done, you'll have a democrat and a republican running against each other in November. This is the time to get engaged and try to put who you want in this position," said Thomas Mahoney, Chairman, Chatham County Board of Elections.

A candidate must get a majority of the vote in order to have his or her name on the November ballot. If that doesn't happen, then some of the top candidates will go to a runoff that's set for July.

If you need a ride to the polls on Tuesday, the NAACP Savannah Branch is offering free rides. Just call 912-233-4161 between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Election Day to request a ride.

Find your polling location here.

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