Deidre Holden, Paulding County Board of Elections supervisor, earlier predicted a 50 percent turnout.
“I think people just kind of lost interest and didn’t care about voting,” she said.
“We had a great election day. Everything went really well and now we’re just preparing for the runoff election [between Bill Heath and Bill Carruth].”
Heath and Carruth are vying for the Republican nomination for the state Senate’s District 31 seat. The winner will be unopposed in the November general election.
Election day began with Assistant Supervisor of the Paulding County Board of Elections Georgia Penegar reporting that 813 people voted by 8 a.m. A 601-voter increase in an hour moved the count to 1,414 Paulding County residents who went out to the polls to vote in one of the most closely watched primary elections in recent years.
Lunchtime voters said all was running smoothly at the Hiram High School polling location.
Eric Wilson, who voted around 12:30 p.m. at Hiram High, said he had no problems voting and expected a fairly low turnout at the polls.
“I haven’t seen as much campaigning as normal, but nobody has the money they had five or six years ago,” Wilson said.
He also said he did not expect the T-SPLOST to pass.
By 5 p.m., 7,641 Paulding residents had showed up at the polls to cast their votes, said elections specialist Cassidy Jackson.
“It’s just been kind of smooth,” she said.
Jackson said the numbers were not quite as good as they were hoping for, but each election was different in terms of turnout that it was hard to predict accurately.
“It’s good; it’s not awesome, but it’s good,” she said.
The total was more than double the lunchtime total of 3,530 Paulding residents who had cast their votes by noon, according to Jackson.