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Early voters in Paulding avoiding expected hourlong waits
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
November 01, 2012 03:10 PM | 2194 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Erica Lamarr casts her ballot at the Paulding County courthouse early voting location.
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Some 15,480 Paulding County voters already had cast their ballots in the first two weeks of early voting, according to elections official Deidre Holden.

On Saturday, 1,466 voters lined the Paulding County Courthouse to take advantage of the one Saturday voting opportunity.

With some 87,000 registered voters in the county, Holden anticipates approximately 34 percent will cast ballots during the early and advance voting periods before election day on Tuesday.

She compared this number with voting trends in the 2008 presidential election. In 2008, 32,000 voters cast their ballot in early voting, while 21,000 showed up on election day to vote.

Voters can expect a one-hour to 90-minute wait at the polls if they wait until Election Day, Holden said.

The last day for casting a ballot in advance voting is Friday at the election office on the first floor of the Watson Government Complex, 240 Constitution Blvd. in Dallas; Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 2056 Hiram-Douglasville Hwy., Hiram; Mt. Tabor Park, 1550 East Paulding Drive, Dallas; and Crossroads Library, 909 Harmony Grove Church Road in Acworth.

Hours this week are today from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No absentee ballots can be mailed out after 5 p.m. on Friday.

All 14 voting precincts will be open on election day Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Schools will be closed Nov. 6 for election day.

In addition to the presidential race, there are several key locally contested races.

Four candidates are running in the special Republican primary for the District 30 State Senate seat vacated by Bill Hamrick, who was appointed to a judgeship in the Coweta Judicial Circuit.

Republicans Mike Dugan, Bill Hembree, Jim Naughton and Glenn Richardson are seeking a spot on the special general election ballot Jan. 8 against independent candidate James Camp of Temple. In the event of a runoff, the top two candidates will face off again on Dec. 4.

Republican candidate Bob Snelling will face Democrat Kimberly Alexander for state representative from House District 66. Republican Micah Gravley of south Paulding is faces Democrat Leigh McMutry of Winston for state representative from House District 67.
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