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BREAKING NEWS: General Primary Election - May 21, 2024
Early Voting Begins - April 29; Saturday Votes - May 4 and 11
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Pike County Voters will have the opportunity to speak their minds at the ballot box on local, state, and federal election races in the May 21, 2024 General Primary. The Primary Election for Sheriff and District 3 Commissioner are both on this ballot as well as the US States Representative District 3 race to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Drew Ferguson who is stepping down from this position.

The General Primary will establish a Democrat and Republican candidate to run in the November if both parties have candidates in each race.

Early voting will begin on Monday, April 29 and run until the Friday before Election Day. There will be two Saturday election voting days held on May 4 and 11. The first day of early voting is on Monday, April 29, 2024. Specific times are listed in the closing of this article.

There will be a link to candidate information pages in each section detailing who is running. Candidates were asked to give a 500 word or less statement as to why they are running and are the best person for the job. Pike County Times specifically advised all candidates that statements talking about their opponents would not be allowed.

Voters should be able to gain knowledge on the qualifications of candidates from each candidate's biography and experiences which have been sent here in order to look more knowledge or cast a knowledgeable vote in the May and November elections.

There are only two local races that are contested. Click here to see all who qualified to run for offices in local races as well as two state and one federal race.

SHERIFF (Republican)

Two candidates have qualified to run for Sheriff on the Republican ballot on May 21, 2024.

Jimmy Thomas (Incumbent) and Scott Gray (Challenger) will be on the Republican Ballot on May 21, 2024.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF INFORMATION PAGE: pikecountytimes.com/secondary/candidateinfosheriff2024.html

Congratulation to Sheriff Jimmy Thomas on winning this race. He may be on the ballot in November against an Independent candidate if that candidate gathers enough signatures between now and his deadline which is scheduled to be met after the May election.


Three candidates have qualified to run for the County Commissioner District 3 seat on the Republican ballot on May 21, 2024.

Todd Child (Challenger), Ken Pullin (Challenger), and Doyle Jason Proctor (Incumbent) will be on the Republican Ballot on May 21, 2024.

None of these three candidates received over 50% of the vote so there will be a Primary Runoff on June 18, 2024 between Incumbent Jason Proctor and Challenger Ken Pullin. The winner of the General Primary will either go into or remain in office on January 1, 2025 since there is no Democratic challenger in this race.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 INFORMATION PAGE: pikecountytimes.com/secondary/candidateinfodistrict3commissioner2024.html

Not sure of whose district you are in? Go to your My Voter Page. and log in to check your information.

Here is a link to the new Board of Commissioners map: www.pikecountytimes.com/secondary/2022PikeCountyCommissionFinalMap.pdf.

Know what district you’re in but need to know who the current representative is? www.pikecoga.com/board-of-commissioners.html.


Since Rep. Drew Ferguson advised that he would not be running for re-election, many candidates have qualified to run for US Representative District 3 on the Republican and Democratic ballots on May 21, 2024.

None of these candidates on the Republican ballot received over 50% of the vote so there will be a Primary Runoff on June 18, 2024. On the Republican ballot are: Mike Dugan and Brian Jack. The winner of the Republican race will face Democratic candidate Maura Keller in November.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CANDIDATE FOR UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 3 INFORMATION PAGE: http://pikecountytimes.com/secondary/candidateinfodistrict3usrepresentative2024.html

Voting Precincts

All early voting will take place in Zebulon at the Voter Registrar's Office located at: 81 Jackson Street, Zebulon Georgia 30295. This will include two Saturday voting days listed in the closing below.

General Primary Election Day voting will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at each voter's regular precincts throughout the county.

There are 8 Voting Precincts in Pike County: Concord, Hollonville, Lifsey Springs, Meansville, Molena, Second District, Williamson, and Zebulon.

Here is list of the voting districts and locations:

Concord - 23 Society St, Concord, GA
Hollonville - 4056 Concord Rd, Concord, GA
Lifsey Springs - 8033 Georgia 109, Molena, GA
Meansville - 41 Means Street, Meansville, GA
Molena - 89 Depot Street, Molena, GA
Second District - 1585 Gresham Road, Zebulon, GA
Williamson - 56 Patton St, Williamson, GA
Zebulon - 7362 U.S. 19, Zebulon, GA **PLEASE NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict with the auditorium, the Zebulon Precinct will temporally move from the auditorium to across the street to the Christ Chapel Café. This move is for the May 21st election day only and will move back to the auditorium for the November 5th General Election. (ADDED 5.6.24)

To see pictures of the voting precincts, please go to the Board of Elections and Voter Registration website at: https://govotepikecoga.wixsite.com/mysite. This can also be found by going to the county government website at https://www.pikecoga.com/, clicking on departments, and then clicking on Registrar.

Absentee By Mail Voting

The Pike County Board of Elections and Voter Registration is currently accepting applications to request an Absentee by Mail ballot for the May 21, 2024, General Primary Election. Requests must be on a state approved form, which you can find at mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/

Print the form, complete and sign. Voters can also pick up a copy at this office or call 770-567-2003 and they can send you a copy. Once you are done, you can mail or drop off your application at the Board of Elections and Voter Registration office located at: 81 Jackson Street, Zebulon Georgia 30295.

The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot by Mail for the General Primary is May 10, 2024 by 5 p.m. You can still submit an application to request an Absentee Ballot by Mail ballot online until 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2024, through the MVP website at mvp.sos.ga.gov/s/.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to have your voted Absentee Ballot (ABM) ballot back is when the polls close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

Please call the Registrar’s Office at 770-567-2003 with any questions.


Early voting for the (May) General Primary begins on Monday, April 29, 2024 and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until the Friday prior to the election--May 17, 2024. There will be NO early voting on Monday, May 20, 2024, which is the day before the election.

The first and second Saturdays in May will be the Saturday voting days for the General Primary: May 4 and May 11. Voters can cast their ballots between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, May 21, 2024 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A runoff will be required for any races that do not end with one candidate receiving over 50% of the vote. The Primary Runoff, if needed, is scheduled for June 18, 2024.

The (November) General Election will be held on November 5, 2024.

Sample ballots for the Republican, Democratic, and Non-Partisan ballots can be viewed at govotepikecoga.wixsite.com/mysite/sample-ballots.

PLEASE NOTE: There are questions from both the Democratic and Republican Parties that need to be reviewed before stepping into the ballot box to vote.

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