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Light turnout expected for runoff

FIle Photo -- 
Jerome Copeland votes at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church during the July 31 primary.

FIle Photo -- Jerome Copeland votes at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church during the July 31 primary.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Poll workers are expecting a light turnout today, as voters decide a county commission race and two judgeships.

About 1,200 people voted in advance of the runoff voting day, according to Gwinnett Elections Supervisor Lynn Ledford.

While about a quarter of the electorate participated in last month's primary and special election, Ledford said statistics show turnout for the runoff could be as low as 5 to 10 percent.

On GOP ballots, District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau faces challenger Tommy Hunter, while nonpartisan ballots feature a Superior Court race between Tracey Mason Blasi and Kathy Schrader and a State Court contest between Emily Brantley and Pam Britt.

Anyone who voted in the GOP primary July 31 can participate in all three runoffs. Also, those who did not vote in the primary or chose the nonpartisan ballot can choose the Republican ballot or nonpartisan one in the runoff.

But those who voted in the Democratic primary -- and of course those who do not live in the southern and eastern Gwinnett District 3 -- are limited to voting in the judicial races.

Return to www.gwinnettdailypost.com when the polls close for complete coverage of the runoffs.