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Runoff voting Tuesday to pick sheriff
Two statewide judgeships also on ballots
Warren Waye - photo by File photo

Liberty County voters will elect one of two men for sheriff Tuesday in a runoff election.
Candidates Steve Sikes and Warren Waye tallied the most votes among a crowded field of seven candidates in a Nov. 2 special election. Since neither top candidate got 50 percent plus one of the final vote, the Nov. 30 runoff was called by the state.
The special election was called to coincide with the general election to fill the unexpired term of the late Don Martin.
Advance voting in the runoff began Nov. 15 and ended Wednesday.
“It’s been going great. People have been coming in. It’s been a steady flow of people,” Liberty County Supervisor of Elections Ella Golden said this Wednesday. County offices were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday.
Golden estimated a total of 1,955 Liberty County voters cast advance ballots in the runoff by mid-week last week. She said more than 500 residents in Midway had voted in advance as of noon last Wednesday.
All precincts will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday for the runoff, Golden said.
In addition to the sheriff’s race, Liberty County voters will elect a state Supreme Court Justice and a Georgia Appeals Court Judge in the runoff election. All are non-partisan races. Both Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges serve six-year terms, according to the League of Women Voters Georgia website.
Lawrenceville attorney Tammy Lynn Adkins will face incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias of Atlanta.
Atlanta attorney Antoinette “Toni” Davis is vying for the appeals court judgeship against appellate lawyer Chris McFadden of Decatur.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp recommended in a written release that voters check their polling location with the My Voter Page website at and to bring photo ID when voting in the runoff on Tuesday.
Voters are required to show one of six forms of photo ID when voting in-person on Election Day, including: a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card; a valid U.S. passport; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, state, county or city government, or any board, authority or other entity of Georgia; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.
If a voter does not have one of these forms of photo identification, they can obtain a free voter ID card at their county registrars’ office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services, Kemp said.
For more information, call 876-3310 or visit

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