Early voting began June 30, and interim Elections Supervisor Kim Stancil said turnout has been decent, but she expects early voting to pick up as Election Day nears.
“The turnout has been light to average,” Stancil said Thursday. “This is the first week and people are getting ready for the holiday.”
The last day for early voting is July 18, four days before the general primary runoff election to decide two local races and several state and federal elections.
During the first week of early voting, the only location voters could cast their ballots wasat the Cherokee Elections Office in downtown Canton, and Stancil said as of Thursday afternoon, 429 people had come in person to cast an early ballot in the first week.
Of the voters to cast early ballots at the elections office, eight requested Democratic ballots, and 421 requested Republican ballots, Stancil said.
Along with those who cast ballots during the first week, Stancil said 464 ballots had been mailed to those who requested them, with 33 requesting Democratic ballots and 431 requesting Republican ballots.
“I do expect it to pick up as Election Day gets closer, but it’s been a decent turnout for the first week,” Stancil said.
Early voting will continue Monday through Friday during the weeks of July 7 and July 14, at the Cherokee Elections office in Canton, with voting open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
On July 22, Election Day, all county precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with voters required to vote at their assigned precinct, officials said.
One of the local runoffs is for the state House District 22 seat, between Wes Cantrell and Meagan Biello, to replace Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia), who did not receive enough votes to make it into the runoff in May.
The other local runoff is to decide the District 4 Board of Commissioners seat, with Woodstock Planning Commission member Kenneth Scott Gordon and former Cherokee Commissioner Larry Singleton squaring off to replace board member Jason Nelms.
Federal races include the U.S. Senate runoff between Jack Kingston and David Purdue and the 11th District congressional race, pitting Barry Loudermilk against Bob Barr.