Election Day Tuesday: Early voting for general primary runoff spikes on final day
by Michelle Babcock
July 20, 2014 01:10 AM | 3080 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dixie A. Mathews participates in early voting. Friday was the last day for early voting for the July 22 general primary runoff election, but voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their assigned county precinct on Tuesday. <br> Staff/C.B Schmelter
Dixie A. Mathews participates in early voting. Friday was the last day for early voting for the July 22 general primary runoff election, but voters can cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their assigned county precinct on Tuesday.
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Canton City Councilman Hooky Huffman, left, and his wife, Anne, fill out their pre-voting paperwork at the Albert L. Stone Elections Building on Friday.
Canton City Councilman Hooky Huffman, left, and his wife, Anne, fill out their pre-voting paperwork at the Albert L. Stone Elections Building on Friday.
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More than 3,000 votes have already been cast in the primary runoff election, with voters set to decide a handful of local seats on Election Day on Tuesday.

Turnout spiked in the final week of early voting, with almost 1,400 residents making their way to the Elections Office last week to cast a ballot before polls open on Election Day.

For Election Day on Tuesday, all county precincts will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voters must vote at their assigned precinct.

In total, 3,122 people cast early ballots for the primary runoff election in the three weeks of early voting, with 2,649 people voting in-person and 473 ballots returned to the Elections Office electronically or by mail.

Cherokee County has 142,611 registered voters eligible to vote in the upcoming election, and interim Elections Supervisor Kim Stancil predicted a total voter turnout of 9 percent, or about 12,800 people.

Stancil said she expected about 3 percent of voters to cast ballots during early voting, while she thought 6 percent of registered voters would show up at the polls Tuesday for Election Day.

But she explained primary runoff elections are usually held in August, so there’s not “a July primary runoff in the past for comparison.”

In the first week of early voting, just more than 100 people cast ballots each of the four days the Elections Office was open, totaling 457 in-person ballots. Week two of early voting yielded 793 in-person ballots cast, with between 125 and 224 votes each day.

The third and final week of early voting saw a jump in turnout, with more than 225 voters each day, spiking Friday with more than 425 ballots cast.

At 4:40 p.m. Friday, 1,399 in-person ballots had been cast already in the third week of early voting.

Of those who cast ballots in early voting, 3,055 submitted Republican ballots and 67 returned Democratic ballots.

One local runoff is for the state House District 22 seat, with candidates Wes Cantrell and Meagan Biello each hoping to replace Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia), who did not receive enough votes in the general primary election to make it into the May runoff.

The other local runoff is to decide the District 4 seat on the Board of Commissioners, with Woodstock Planning Commission member Kenneth Scott Gordon and former Cherokee Commissioner Larry Singleton squaring off to replace retiring board member Jason Nelms.

Federal races include the U.S. Senate runoff between David Purdue and Jack Kingston, and the U.S. 11th District congressional race between Bob Barr and Barry Loudermilk.

The state school superintendent seat is also on the ballot in the primary runoff election, with Republican candidates Mike Buck and Richard Woods competing.

On the Democratic ballot, state superintendent candidates in the primary runoff election are Alisha Morgan and Valarie Wilson.

The candidates who win in each party’s primary runoff for state school superintendent will face off in the November general election.

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