Commission, House races decided today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Voters will choose the fate of a commissioner and a congress member today. But afternoon rain showers could put an expected bleak turnout even more in the doldrums.

Polls statewide are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today with a handful of primary races yet to be decided.

In Gwinnett, the only local measures still be to decided are the Republican Commission District 4 race between Kevin Kenerly and Jodie Rosser and the Democratic Congressional District 4 race between Hank Johnson and Cynthia McKinney, who are also counting on voters in DeKalb and Rockdale counties.

GOP voters can also pick their candidate for secretary of state and agriculture commissioner and Democrat voters can decide on their nominations for secretary of state and lieutenant governor.

While the final decisions in all six campaigns must wait until the general election in November, the Republican primary runoff in Barrow will determine the District 5 commissioner - either David Dyer or Billy E. Parks - and the next District 7 school board member - either Daniel Cromer or Amy Osier.

According to elections officials, anyone registered in time can vote in a primary runoff, although those who voted on July 18 must choose the same ballot in the runoff. Those who didn't vote in the primary can choose either ballot today.

According to officials in the secretary of state's office, 30,121 people took advantage of last week's advanced voting. Of those 3,997 were in the 4th Congressional District.

In Gwinnett, 784 people cast ballots, and another 216 voted in Barrow.

n What: Primary runoff election

•When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today

•Where: To find your polling location, go to the Web site www.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/locator.asp