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Early voting in Long County runoff elections starts Tuesday
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Early voting for the two countywide races that were forced to a runoff election begins Tuesday and goes through July 22, according to Long County Election Supervisor Kierra Hamilton.

All Liberty County races were decided in the May 24 primary, meaning Liberty will not have a runoff, Elections Supervisor Ella Golden said.
Election Day will be July 26 for the District 2 seat on the Long County Board of Commissioners and probate judge. Wednesday’s edition of the Coastal Courier will have profiles of the four candidates in the two races.

Incumbent District 2 Commissioner Robert Long will face Charles Brady in the runoff. Long received 130 votes, just four more than Brady and five more than third-place finisher Wallace Shaw in the May 24 Democratic primary.

The winner will face Republican Mike Riddle in the November general election. Riddle was unopposed in the Republican primary.

The nonpartisan probate judge runoff has Bobby Smith, who received 912 votes, facing Teresa Odum, who had 634 votes. Rita Deen finished third and then died after an accident May 29.

Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Long County Courthouse. There will be no Saturday early voting, Hamilton said said.

On July 26, voters can cast ballots at their regular precinct locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your precinct, go to, call 912-545-2234 or email

Voters who cast ballots May 24 must cast ballots in the same party as they did in May. In other words, a person who voted in the District 2 commissioners GOP primary in May will not be able to vote in the Democratic runoff. However, that person would be able to vote in the nonpartisan probate judge race.

Registered voters who did not cast ballots in May are allowed to choose which party’s ballot they want in the runoff.

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