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Voters head back to polls for Georgia's runoff elections

December 04,2018 12:24

ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose Georgia's next secretary of state and public service commission. Tuesday's runoff election for Georgia secretary of state pits Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger against ...



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(Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

- Voters headed back to the polls Tuesday to choose Georgia's next Secretary of State and Public Service Commission member.
A few polls in Fulton and Cobb counties stayed open late due to various issues.
MORE: Officials extended operating hours at Fulton, Cobb locations
Tuesday's runoff election for Georgia Secretary of State pits Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger against former Democratic congressman John Barrow. In the Public Service Commission race, Democrat Lindy Miller faces off against Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton.
None of the candidates won more than 50 percent of votes on Nov. 6.
In the secretary of state election, Raffensperger has support from President Donald Trump, while Barrow is endorsed by former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
RELATED: Secretary of State runoff: Full interview with Democratic candidate John Barrow
At stake in their runoff is the ability to reshape the state's election system, which came under a national microscope during the recent race for governor between Abrams and Republican Secretary of State - now governor-elect - Brian Kemp.
Raffensperger has defended how Georgia canceled the registrations of hundreds of thousands of voters; he says he'll focus on election integrity and making sure only legal citizens can cast ballots.
MORE: Secretary of State runoff: Full interview with Republican candidate Brad Raffensperger
Barrow says changes are needed. He told The Associated Press in an interview that Georgia does a "pretty good job of keeping people from cheating," but a "lousy job of making it easier for folks to vote."
Both candidates say they will work to support county officials while coordinating the patchwork of 159 counties that sometimes interpret election law and administrative guidance in slightly different ways.
Barrow served in the U.S House from 2005 to 2015. His tenure there required two moves, as GOP lawmakers twice redrew his district boundaries. He was finally defeated in the GOP's midterm sweep in 2014.
Raffensperger is owner and CEO of an engineering design firm. He served as a local elected official in Johns Creek, before serving two terms in the Georgia state House from the same area beginning in 2015.
In the race for Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton is an incumbent, fighting off a challenge from business owner Lindy Miller, who has positioned herself in the race as not being the typical candidate for the position. In the general election, Eaton received or 49.7 of the vote, with Miller receiving 47.6 percent. Libertarian Ryan Graham received around 2.7 percent.
FOX 5 will have live results and reactions on FOX5Atlanta.com Tuesday night.
To find your polling location, click here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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