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UPDATED: Polls close; turnout slow
by Everett Catts
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Assistant Poll Manager Bobbie Hawk gives a voter sticker to Buckhead resident Mike Quarles during Tuesday’s primary runoff election at the Chastain Park gym.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Assistant Poll Manager Bobbie Hawk gives a voter sticker to Buckhead resident Mike Quarles during Tuesday’s primary runoff election at the Chastain Park gym.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Poll Manager Sonia Perryman hangs up an informational sign for voters during Tuesday’s primary runoff election at the Chastain Park gym polling location in Buckhead.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Poll Manager Sonia Perryman hangs up an informational sign for voters during Tuesday’s primary runoff election at the Chastain Park gym polling location in Buckhead.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Buckhead resident Kathy Ghirardini votes at the Chastain Park gym in Buckhead during Tuesday’s primary runoff election.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Buckhead resident Kathy Ghirardini votes at the Chastain Park gym in Buckhead during Tuesday’s primary runoff election.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Buckhead resident Mike Quarles casts his ballot at the Chastain Park gym in Buckhead during Tuesday’s primary runoff voting.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Buckhead resident Mike Quarles casts his ballot at the Chastain Park gym in Buckhead during Tuesday’s primary runoff voting.
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(UPDATED TUESDAY AT 7:21 WITH INFO, QUOTES FROM ONE LOCAL POLLING PLACE'S MANAGER)

Judging by the turnout at three local polling places during Tuesday's primary runoff election, voters were not rushing to cast their ballots.

At Sarah Smith Elementary School in Buckhead, at 7:05 p.m., as poll volunteers and workers packed up the voting machines right after the polls closed, turnout was indicative of the entire day. Poll Manager Mary Foster said only 382 voters cast ballots at the precinct, which has more than 3,000 registered voters.

“Super slow. The next thing [speed] is it stops,” she said when asked about turnout Tuesday, adding there were no problems at that location.

As of 1:12 p.m., only 111 voters had cast their ballots at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead, said Poll Manager John Packman. He said 1,480 are registered to vote at the polling place.

Though there had been no issues to report at the precinct, Packman said the turnout for the early morning hours was “very low.” However, he began to see an increase in turnout around 11 a.m.

“Since lunch, it picked up a lot,” Packman said.

At High Point Elementary School in Sandy Springs, only 18 residents had voted as of 8:21 a.m., when a reporter arrived. The precinct has 4,587 registered voters, Poll Manager Nate Bednar said. When asked about turnout, he said it’s been “very slow.”

“No issues so far,” Bednar said when asked if there had been any problems at the precinct this morning. “We’ve had a clean setup and things have gone smoothly. But I wish we had more voters.”

Check back with the Neighbor all day Tuesday for election coverage and results as they come in.

- Staff Writer Nicole Dow contributed to this report.
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