Perhaps it’s due to the flurry of holiday activities or maybe voter fatigue is the reason, but North Georgians have shown little interest in advance voting for a Jan. 7 special election to select state Rep. Jay Neal’s replacement in the legislature.
“About 290 have voted in this office,” election official Danielle Montgomery said Thurs-day, Jan. 3.
Advance voting for this District 2 race has been conducted at election offices in three counties. In addition to the 290 in Walker, 70 advance ballots were cast in Catoosa and 29 in Whitfield as of noon on Thursday, Jan. 2.
House District 2 includes the five southern precincts in Walker County, from Rock Spring south and east to Armuchee Valley, three precincts in southern Catoosa County, and three precincts in western Whitfield County.
Montgomery, administrative assistant for the Walker County Board of Elections and Reg-istration, said in-person advance voting will continue until 4:30 p.m. and that requests for mail-in absentee ballots should be faxed to the election offices before noon on Friday, Jan. 3.
Neal represented District 2 from 2005 until November 2013, when he resigned his seat af-ter being appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to a position with the state’s Department of Correc-tions. Neal now serves as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry.
Election day is Tuesday, Jan. 7, in this three-man race, which finds attorney Doug Wood-ruff, businessman Steve Tarvin and pharmacist Neal Florence seeking election to serve the remaining few months of Neal’s term.
If necessary, a run-off will be held Feb. 4.
Election day voting will take place from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. In the Walker County, voting includes five precincts — Armuchee Valley, LaFayette, Rock Spring and parts of Center Post and Chickamauga.
Montgomery said voters can determine if they reside in District 2 by checking their pre-cinct registration cards, by visiting the walkercountyelections.com website, or by calling 706-638-4349.
Neal’s term extends through the end of 2014.
This means that regardless of the outcome of the special election, the winner — and los-ers — can begin campaigning in March for the general election scheduled for Nov. 3, 2014.