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Weather no match for local electorate; 74 percent turn out to vote
by Liz Marino
November 14, 2012 05:32 PM | 1869 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding resident Bushra Hamilton casts her ballot at the Hiram High School precinct last week.
Paulding resident Bushra Hamilton casts her ballot at the Hiram High School precinct last week.
Heavy to moderate rain until mid-morning on Election Day did not keep Paulding voters from casting their ballots for the 2012 presidential election.

According to elections supervisor Deidre Holden, a total of 18,771 ballots were cast on Election Day alone.

The county has 77,831 registered voters. A total of 57,483 ballots were cast during advance, early and Election Day voting for a turnout of 74 percent.

“Our biggest challenge was the rain,” she noted, “and getting everyone inside. But we got that worked out.”

Other than the weather, Holden said they had no problems during the election process.

“Everything went smoothly,” she said. “It was a very good election.”

Paulding County voters took advantage of early voting with 35,602 marking their ballots.

As of Friday, all voting tallies were unofficial until certified by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, Holden said.

A total of 5,888 voters had cast ballots at the 14 voting precincts by 10 a.m. on Election Day, said Holden.

Voting officials reflected on the turnout, which began with a flourish at one precinct before thinning out during the day.

Around 10 a.m., voting activity at the Hiram High School voting precinct had died down to a handful of voters — though it had eager voters lining up outside as early as 6 a.m., said poll manager Suzanne Cole.

“We’ve not had a line at 6 o’clock ever before,” Cole noted, “so I don’t think the rain was a deterrent.”

She added, “At 6 a.m. we had a lobby full. In the first hour, we had 186 votes cast.”

The voting tally had increased to approximately 300 by mid-morning, she said.

“There has not been more than a 20-minute wait since voting started,” said the poll manager.

“Moods have been pleasant,” said Cole. “Everyone has been ready and eager, so it’s been good.”

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