Ga. Senate runoff set to begin

LAWRENCEVILLE - Voters can begin casting ballots this week in the rematch for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

Elections Superintendent Lynn Ledford said she had already received 2,000 requests for ballots to be mailed to voters. She said she hoped to receive the paper ballots by Tuesday.

Gwinnett's voter registration office at 755 Grayson Highway will be open for early voting from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday through Nov. 26. The office will be closed Nov. 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

The contentious U.S. Senate race, which drew GOP presidential nominee John McCain to Georgia last week, is the top attraction on the ballot. But voters will also decide a runoff for Public Service Commission District 4 between Democrat Jim Powell and Republican Lauren "Bubba" McDonald and for Georgia Court of Appeals between Sara Doyle and Mike Sheffield.

A runoff will also be held at Norcross City Hall for two council seats left undecided earlier this month. There, Ross Kaul will square off against Michelle Crofton and Jan McKinney will face Andrew Hixson.