The 2018 election cycle will officially come to an end today as two statewide races are decided in runoff elections.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. today as ballots are cast to determine a new Secretary of State and also to fill a seat on the Public Service Commission. Visit or the Glynn County Board of Elections’ website at to find the correct polling place.

In the Secretary of State race, Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger are vying to fill Gov.-elect Brian Kemp’s old job. During the general election on Nov. 6, Raffensperger got 1,906,588 votes, 49.09 percent, to Barrow’s 1,890,310 votes, 48.67. Libertarian candidate Smythe Duval received the other 2.23 percent of the vote and will not be on the ballot this time around.

Incumbent Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton, Republican, is facing Democratic challenger Lindy Miller in the other statewide runoff. Eaton garnered 1,917,656 votes, 49.70 percent, to Miller’s 1,838,020 votes, 47.63 percent in November. Libertarian Ryan Graham got only 2.67 percent of the vote.

Early voting was held last week for the runoff with 3,768 ballots cast in Glynn County, Elections and Registration Supervisor Monica Couch told The News last week. That turnout dwarfed previous runoff elections in recent years.

For voters who are sending in or have sent in an absentee ballot, Couch recommended checking its status at Absentee ballots will continue to be accepted by mail until 5 p.m. Friday if they are postmarked by Tuesday.

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