Officials: Rise in early voting
October 30, 2013 12:27 AM | 1860 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — With just days left in early voting for the Nov. 5 elections around Cherokee County, officials are reporting a slight uptick in the number of ballots cast so far.

As of the end of the day Tuesday, 793 voters had cast their ballots for the city elections in Canton and Woodstock and the District 14 state Senate, according to the Cherokee County elections office.

Although a bit low, that number has shown a bit of improvement, said Cherokee County Supervisor of Elections and Registration Janet Munda.

In the first week of early voting, which began Oct. 14, only 175 people came in to cast their vote.

“It is picking up but very slow,” Munda said. “At the Woodstock precinct, it’s very slow there as well.”

But even considering the weak turnout so far, Munda said she thinks the overall showing of voters might not be all that bad.

Munda said she wouldn’t be surprised if more votes come in for the Nov. 5 election than did in a similar election in 2011, at least in the city of Canton.

In that year, city council elections in Canton brought 10.5 percent of registered voters, Munda said.

“I think we may exceed the 2011 turnout,” she said. “You just never know of the minds of voters. Hopefully they come out.”

Voters have only until 5 p.m. Friday to take advantage of early voting and cast their ballots at either the Albert L. Stone Elections Building in Canton or the Woodstock Library.

After that, everyone will have to wait for Election Day on Nov. 5 when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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