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Voter turnout expected to be 10 percent
by Everett Catts
July 17, 2014 09:39 PM | 2003 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Even with a ballot that includes the high-profile showdown between Republican U.S. Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue, only about 10 percent of voters are expected to hit the polls in Fulton County during Tuesday’s primary runoff election.

Rick Barron, director of Fulton County Registration and Elections, said he anticipates turnout to be similar to the August 2010 primary runoff, based on data from the last election that included the gubernatorial race. Four years ago, only 11.4 percent of Fulton voters hit the polls.

“I think it’s going to be a little less than 2010 if it holds the pattern of the primary turnout, because the turnout for the May 20 primary was less than the July 2010 primary,” Barron said.

In the 2010 primary, Fulton’s turnout was 19.1 percent, but it dropped to 16.4 percent in this year’s primary.

Since June 30 the county has been offering early voting at a total of nine sites. For the first two weeks, it opened three polling precincts. Monday, six more precincts were opened, and early voting ends Friday. Through July 9, only 2,453 residents had voted early, 1,220 in person and 1,233 by mail, out of more than 450,000 registered voters.

Barron said he hopes more people will hit the polls. He also said the county has not experienced any problems with early voting and is ready for Tuesday’s primary runoff.

“I would just encourage everyone to take advantage of early voting,” Barron said. “It’s just easier. On Election Day you have to go to your own precinct [to vote].

For more information on the primary runoff election, including precinct locations, call (404) 730-7020 or visit www.fultonelections.com.

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