As of Thursday afternoon, only 249 voters had cast their ballots in Cherokee County for the race to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Calvin Hill, according to the Cherokee County Elections Office.
That number counts as just 1.04 percent of Cherokee’s about 24,000 registered voters in District 22.
“It is very low,” Janet Munda, Cherokee County elections supervisor, said Thursday.
Cherokee voters have until 5:30 p.m. to make a trip to the Albert L. Stone Elections Building in Canton to let their voices be heard in choosing the successor for Hill, who died in late October after being diagnosed with leukemia earlier in 2013.
Jeff Duncan, Sam Moore, Nate Cochran and Meagan Biello, all Republicans from Cherokee County, are squaring off for the seat covering parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton counties.
Even with the low turnout so far in Cherokee County, Munda said things could be worse.
In Forsyth County, only 47 voters had voted as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Forsyth elections office. Fulton County elections officials reported an even more meager showing Thursday afternoon, with just 7 ballots cast so far.
Munda said she doesn’t expect much of a turnout for Election Day on Tuesday either.
“I’m afraid it’s going to be a slow day,” she said. “I’m really worried about the weather as well and how that’s going to play a part in it.”
Another factor keeping the poll numbers low is that the District 22 race is the only one on the ballot, Munda said.
“It’s going to take the candidates to get people to vote,” she said. “I hope the candidates do a good job of that, because that’s what it’s going to depend on.”
With four candidates on the ballot, though, local political pundits have said the winner of the race likely won’t be named Tuesday, as a runoff election is probable. If a runoff is needed, it will be scheduled for Feb. 4.