Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

June 29, 2014

Runoff: Each vote counts

VALDOSTA — Come Monday, advanced voting begins for the July 22 primary/special election runoff race.

If the initial May primary races are any indication, election workers will have little company from registered voters in the coming weeks.

Following three weeks of advanced voting leading up to the May 20 primary, only 16.94 percent of registered Lowndes County voters cast a ballot. Traditionally, runoff elections bring only a fraction of the original numbers to the polls. A fraction of a fraction does not constitute many voices in choosing our region’s future leaders.

Lowndes County runoff voters will be selecting the following:

— U.S. Senate Seat, on the Republican ballot: J.H. “Jack” Kingston and David A. Perdue.

— U.S. Representative, District 1, Republican: E.L. “Buddy” Carter and Robert E. “Bob” Johnson.

— U.S. Representative, District 1, Democrat: Brian Corwin Reese and Amy L. Tavio.

— State Senate, District 8, Republican: C. Ellis Black and John P. Page.

— Lowndes County Board of Commissioners, Super District 5 (nonpartisan): G. Norman Bennett and Clay Griner.

 In all five of these races, no candidate received the required 50 percent plus one vote to claim a victory during the May 20 primary.

Yet, it could boil down to only one vote making the difference between who will win or lose the runoff. It’s happened in past Lowndes County races. It could happen again.

Each vote counts, but let’s hope more than just a relative handful of voters will decide who moves forward in these races.

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