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Voters go to polls Tuesday

Early voting turnout slows

    Although it got off to a hot start, the elections office reported late Tuesday that those choosing to cast ballots early had slowed drastically for the May 24th Primary.
    Friday will be the last day to cast your ballot early before voters here and across Georgia head to the polls, next Tuesday.

    “[Early voting turnout] has not been particularly good,” said Elections Supervisor Julianne Roberts. “We have not had a single day when we saw more than 100 voters. We had expected and we had prepared for a bigger turnout, but it just didn’t come.”
    Roberts said generally the early voting turnout is a good indicator of how the overall turnout will be and if that is the case, the primary election will see fewer voters than many expected, especially with several heated local races on the ballot.
    Here, in the Republican Primary, local races being contested are county commission chair, board of education post 1, tax commissioner and coroner (See ads from all candidates throughout this issue of the paper.)
    There are no contested local races on the Democratic Party ballot.
    There are also congressional and state legislature races on the ballot. See sample ballot online at the secretary of state’s voter page.
    Through last Friday (8 a.m. until 5 p.m.), voters could cast early ballots at the elections office, 83 Pioneer Road, across from Jasper Park. But that is closed now. All voting remaining is at the home precinct Tuesday
    On election day, next Tuesday, May 24, voters must go to their home precinct to vote between  7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Of note, in Talking Rock, voting for the whole election season has been moved to Talking Rock Baptist Church.
    Questions about your registration status or polling location? Georgia voters can Google “Georgia My Voter’s Page” to find the secretary of state site with sample ballots and other information.
    Voters can also contact the elections office here at 706-253-8781.