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I am the 10 percent: Casting a ballot in Fulton County
by Rachel Kellogg
July 22, 2014 12:16 PM | 4305 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Running late to work this morning, I thought about skipping the polls and going right to the office. But then I remembered the story we published last week saying voter turnout was expected to be 10 percent in Fulton County for this election.

That's when I turned onto Scott Road and into the Centennial High School parking lot. I knew there would be little to no wait time and I knew that, as someone familiar with the issues and candidates, it's important for me to vote.

As expected, there was no waiting. I was in and out in probably three minutes.

When I asked the assistant poll manager if they'd had much traffic this morning (it was just now 9 a.m.), I was met with a half laugh/half sigh.

“No,” she said, “We're hoping things pick up at lunchtime.”

There was one other voter in the room when I arrived though — an older man who proclaimed, “I'm not electing either one of those crooks!” on his way out.

I couldn't venture to guess who he was talking about or if he was making a joke (one poll worker laughed as the man left and said, “he said that same thing last time.”)

But if he was serious, there was something admirable in his decision to vote today. Even if he didn't support any of the candidates, he wanted his vote to count.

A vote for a written-in “Mickey Mouse” is still a vote against the names on the ballot. And every vote matters in small, local elections.

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