More than 700 voters participate in first day of early voting in Muscogee Co. sheriff runoff

COLUMBUS, Ga — Monday is the first day for early voters to cast their ballots and decide who will be the next Muscogee County Sheriff. Elections officials tell News 3 710 voters participated in the first day of early voting.

Two renaming candidates – Donna Tompkins (D) and Sheriff John Darr (I) – go head to head in a runoff after neither managed to secure enough votes to win the general election on November 8.

Muscogee County registered voters can cast ballots at the Citizens Service Center, 3111 Citizens Way, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Early voting will continue at the same times until Friday, December 2.

All voters must show a government-issued photo ID to prove identity and residence.

First elected as a Democrat in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, Darr qualified to run as an independent candidate this year.

Tompkins is a former captain who retired from the sheriff’s office.

Officials expect turnout to fall somewhere between 10-15% in the runoff race. The official runoff election day is Tuesday, December 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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