AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - Early voting for Augusta's upcoming runoff election on June 21 is already underway. The runoff election doesn't come without cost for Richmond County taxpayers. 

The proposed budget approved by the Commission's Finance Committee calls for an additional $199,525 of funding for things like salaries and employee overtime. 

 

Commissioner Catherine Smith-McKnight says the budget doesn't seem off the wall, but that they didn't have many options since the election has to happen. 

“We have no choice but to approve it, looking at the cost of it. It’s accurate, that’s what it takes to have a runoff,” McKnight says. 

Finance Committee Chair Dennis Williams says seeing the cost for the runoff should be what taxpayers need to get out and make sure their voice is heard.

“That should be motivation enough to have taxpayers come out and vote during that time because we are spending their money for the voting process,” he says. 

Early voting is underway at the following places from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17 from 8:30 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.: 

  • Linda W. Beazley Community Room in the Municipal Building
  • Henry Brigham Recreation Center
  • Robert Howard Community Center at Diamond Lakes
  • Warren Road Recreation Center

If you're unable to vote early, all polling centers across Richmond County will be open from 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. on election day, June 21. Click here to look at sample ballots for the election. 

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