A total of 76.4 percent of Cherokee County’s 128,873 registered voters, or 98,495, made their voices heard at the polls this election year.
Of that number, 41,826 went to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the General Election, according to unofficial returns from the Cherokee County Elections Office.
Another 51,987 voted in early or advanced voting, and 4,682 mailed in their absentee ballots.
Despite the numbers, Elections Supervisor Janet Munda was pleased with how smoothly voting went throughout the election cycle, citing only minor issues at the polls on Tuesday.
“This office did such a good job. Of course there is always room for improvement, but we had such good workers. We had very few dissatisfied callers. Everyone was pretty much content with the answers they were provided,” Munda said Wednesday afternoon.
A total of 77 voters cast provisional ballots when they showed up at the wrong precincts and did not have time to get to their appointed precincts, she said.
Ballots were tallied in Cherokee County by about 10:15 p.m. on Election Day, she said.
The paper absentee ballots were hand counted during the day on Tuesday in a sealed room by election workers, she said, with those results online by 7:15 p.m.
There were few lines at the polls and almost all precincts completed voting by 7 p.m.
“Only problems were traffic issues with construction on Highway 20 and 369, it was hard to get into polling sites,” Munda said. “The Sheriff’s Office worked with us to check those sites and help monitor the traffic.”
Munda said that a few of the absentee ballots were electronically delivered overseas to military and that 109 were delivered back by mail.
The elections supervisor said that the cold and rain may have meant a slightly lighter turnout on Election Day, but that the voting patterns were similar to 2008.
The statewide voter registration system, Georgia Online did have a few issues, Munda confirmed, but only in updating voter information in the system and not in actual balloting.
“The statewide voter registration system is old, we have had it since 1995, and now we are getting a new program,” Munda said. “The pilot program is going to start at the first of December.”
The state was originally planning to implement the new program before the election, but decided to wait, she said.