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Polls are open in Hinesville runoff elections
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Hinesville’s runoff elections for mayor and City Council District 3 are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Charles Shuman Recreation Center, 800C Tupelo Trail.

The race for the mayor's seat, left open by outgoing Mayor Jim Thomas, who is term-limited, features former mayor Allen Brown and Mayor Pro-Tem Charles Frasier.

Brown and Frasier were the top two vote-getters in a five-way election in November.

The District 3 council seat, left open by  Councilman David Anderson Sr., who decided not to seek another term, features Vicky Nelson and Arthur Nixon.

Nelson and Nixon were the top two vote-getters in a three-way election last month.

A runoff is needed in both because no candidate in either race captured a clear majority of the votes. The results of today's election will determine the next mayor and District 3 City Council member.

The other City Council races were decided last month. Diana Reid won District 1, a seat left open by Frasier. Incumbents in districts 2 and 5, Jason Floyd and Kenneth Shaw, fended off challenges, and District 4 incumbent Keith Jenkins was uncontested.

People who want to cast a ballot need to present identification. Valid forms of photo identification are a Georgia driver's license; valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, state of Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity in this state; or a valid U.S. passport, U.S. military photo ID or tribal photo ID.

Go to after the polls close for updates on the results as soon as they become available.

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