Early voting underway for Georgia secretary of state race

Paperwork and voting stickers sit out for voters of the Georgia primary election Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at the Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene in Flintstone, Georgia.

North Georgia voters can cast ballots in one last statewide election this year, and the main issue at hand is voting itself.

Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger are competing in a Dec. 4 runoff for the secretary of state position, replacing governor-elect Brian Kemp. Early voting began today and runs through Friday.

In addition to professional licenses and corporate filings, the winner will oversee the state's elections. The candidates disagree on Georgia's current voter purge law, and both men fall in line with their party's conventional wisdom.

In Georgia, the local county election office will send a letter to voters if they have not cast ballots in races for three straight years. The local office will ask voters if their listed address is still current. If they don't receive responses within 30 days, the secretary of state's office places those voters on an "inactive" list.