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Updated: Polls in north Fulton are closed as of 7 p.m.
by Nicole Dow and Joan Durbin
November 05, 2013 10:53 AM | 4427 views | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Updated 7:10 p.m.: As of 7 p.m., polls in north Fulton have closed.

Updated 6 p.m.: Poll managers at precincts in north Fulton are reporting lower voter turnout than previous municipal elections.

"It's slower than the last municipal election," said James Bagwell, who manages the precinct at Creek View Elementary School on Webb Bridge Road in Alpharetta.

He said the last election did include the mayor's race and a few referendums for residents to vote on, which might have accounted for a higher turnout.

By 5 p.m., 183 voters had cast ballots at the location. Bagwell said the turnout has been pretty steady through the day but there have not been any lines.

The precinct at the Windward Fire Station on Market Place had almost 200 voters come through by about 5 p.m., according to poll manager Miriom Bentley. Voter traffic peaked around 2:30 p.m. with somewhat of a line, she said, but for the most part only two or three people would stop in to vote at a time.

Billy Neville, who manages the Roswell precinct at The Church of the Savior on Old Alabama Road, estimated about 10 percent of registered voters were showing up at the polling location. By 5:20 p.m., 279 residents had cast their ballots. The day started off slow but picked up a bit by lunchtime, he said.

"We have a lot of seniors in this area, and it was a cold morning," Neville said.

He said the precinct usually has one of the highest voter turnouts in the area.

At Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell, only 47 voters had shown up by 5:30 p.m.

"It's been very, very slow -- the slowest I've seen in a while," said poll manager Veronica Brundage.

She said voter turnout has been sporadic throughout the day but expected more to show up before 7 p.m. as more residents get off work. More than 1,700 are registered to vote at the precinct, she said.

Polls in north Fulton will close at 7 p.m.

Updated 1:30 p.m.: Voter turnout in Fulton County has been steady, with no reports of long lines, according to the Department of Registrations and Elections.

So far, the voting process is reportedly going smoothly in north Fulton.

“I am not aware of any issues affecting north Fulton at all,” said department spokesperson Jessica Corbitt just before 12:30 p.m.

Polls will remain open until 7 p.m. in all locations except the city of Atlanta, which will remain open until 8 p.m.

All but one precinct opened on time. That precinct, at First Presbyterian Church on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, opened 28 minutes late.

The department is currently seeking a court order to allow this precinct to remain open until 8:28 p.m.

In the meantime, additional provisional ballots will be available to accommodate any voters who were affected by this issue. Each provisional ballot will be counted as provided by law.

Results will be available online at soon after polls close tonight.

Updated 11 a.m.: It may be the chilly wind, or it may be that municipal races aren’t as riveting to the average resident as state or national elections.

Whatever the reason, voter activity at some north Fulton precincts has been sluggish.

“The word is pitiful,” said Diane Deas, who manages the precinct at the Alpharetta Crabapple Government Center. “We’ve had 18 people in three hours. And our voters usually do come early.”

The first person to vote showed up close to 7:30 a.m., she said.

But poll workers expected turnout might be low. “We were ready for that. We were also told that they didn’t have as many early voters as the usually do,” Deas said.

At the Windward fire station, voters trickled in when the polls opened at 7 a.m.

“Two or three would come and when they leave, here would come two or three more,” said precinct manager Miriom Bentley.

But just before 10 a.m., voting screens sat unused. “There is not presently anyone here. It’s just not that busy,” Bentley said. “But it’s early yet and still pretty cool out.”

By 10 a.m., 70 people had cast ballots at The Church of the Savior on Old Alabama Road in Roswell. “It’s been pretty slow,” said Neville Billy, who manages the precinct. “Usually we have one of the highest turnouts.”

The precinct, which serves Willow Springs, had 44 early voters, Billy said.

At Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell, just 12 of the precinct’s roughly 1,700 registered voters had come in by 10:10 a.m., according to precinct manager Veronica Brundage.

“One person was waiting at 7 a.m.,” she said. “It’s been pretty slow.”

In Roswell’s historic district, 48 people had cast their ballots at Teaching Museum North by 10:15 a.m., and two had been waiting for the precinct to open at 7 a.m., said manager David Clements.

“We have between 2,500 and 3,000 registered voters, and we are usually in the top two or three in turnout” in north Fulton, he said.

Roswell has three council races: incumbent Kent Igleheart and challenger Harvey Smith; incumbent Nancy Diamond and opponent Kendra Cox; and incumbent Jerry Orlans versus challenger Eric Schumacher.

Alpharetta’s single council race pits incumbent Donald Mitchell and former councilman Doug DeRito.

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