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Clayton voting steady at polling locations
by Bill Baldowski
November 06, 2012 01:14 PM | 3330 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although during presidential elections the Clayton County Elec-tions and Registration Office does not keep a running total of votes cast at its polling locations at the prescribed hours of 10 a.m. and 2, 4 and 6 p.m., Annie Bright, the county’s elections and registration director, said this morning that the turnout today, despite the rain this morning, has been steady.

“We had numerous people in line when our polling locations officially opened at 7 a.m. and we have been super busy,” she said.

“We have also not had any real significant problems to come to our attention, so things are pretty well on track,” Bright said.

Billy Williams, the polling man-ager at the Morrow 9 precinct at Mt. Zion Primary School, 2920 Mt. Zion Road in Jonesboro, said his location had 22 voters in line when the polls opened at 7 a.m. and by 12:33 p.m., 176 had voted at the precinct.

“Voting has been steady all morning,” Williams said, adding this is the 19th election in which he has participated with the last 16 as a poll manager and is planning on retiring from the position after today.

“I expect we will have some-thing around 300 to vote before 7 p.m. and, of course, those waiting in line to vote at 7 will be allowed to cast ballots,” Williams added.

Although Clayton County Sher-iff Department Chief Deputy Gar-land Watkins has under taken a concentrated write-in campaign against sheriff-elect Victor Hill, Williams said he had definitely seen some people typing in a write-in candidate’s name and expected they were doing it for the sheriff race.

“I can’t say I have seen a lot of voters doing that,” Williams said.

“Although not impossible, it is difficult for a write-in candidate to run a successful campaign if the voter not only has to follow the correct procedure in writing in a candidate’s name, but he has to spell the candidate’s name cor-rectly,” he added.

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