Special election turnout ‘very low’
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
December 18, 2012 11:56 PM | 1425 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Whether its holiday shopping or confusion about the election, few Cherokee County voters have shown up at the polls for early voting in the upcoming special election for Senate District 21 and House District 21.

The special election is to fill the seats vacated by state Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs,) who is now in the race with Brandon Beach to fill the seat vacated by Rogers.

Elections Supervisor Janet Munda said about 85 voters cast their ballots at the Cherokee County Elections Office in downtown Canton.

“It’s just a very, very low turnout,” Munda said. “With it being near Christmas, I think people have Christmas and not necessarily the elections on their mind.”

Munda said her office will send out between 50 and 60 absentee ballots today.

She attributed the low turnout both to the hustle and bustle of the holidays as well as confusion about voter districts following this year’s reapportionment by the local delegation.

“A lot of voters are confused,” Munda said. “A lot think they are in the right district to vote for both races and they may be in one and not the other or it may be they voted in District 21 prior to reapportionment.”

Munda said there are several ways to check your precinct.

Voters can either check their precinct cards they receive each year in the mail or go online to www.voter.cherokee.ga and click on the My Voter Page to determine their voting district.

Otherwise, Munda said everything has gone smoothly. She said about 100 poll workers have already been trained and are ready to go when the rest of the polls open.

“We have just a wonderful pool of workers,” Munda said. “They’re very knowledgeable and know their stuff really well.”

The Cherokee County Elections office will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 26 and Jan. 1.

The registration deadline was Dec. 14 and only eligible voters within the two congressional districts up are qualified to vote in this election.

Voters in the following districts are eligible to cast their ballots: Air Acres, Arnold Mill, Avery, Ball Ground, Bascomb, Booth, Bradshaw, Bridgemill, Conns Creek, Deer Run, Free Home, Hickory Flat, Hightower, Hillside, Holly Springs, Liberty, Little River, Macedonia, Mountain Road, Neese, Rosecreek, Sixes, Teasley, Toonigh, Union Hill, Univeter, Wildcat, Woodlands and Woodstock.

Early and advance voting began Monday and will be held through Friday at the Cherokee County Elections Office in Canton from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The elections office will also be open next Thursday, Friday and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Jan. 2-4 during the same hours.

There will be no voting Monday, Jan. 7.

On Election Day, all listed precinct will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and voters will be required to vote at their assigned precinct.

For information, call the elections office at (770) 479-0407.
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RCG
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December 19, 2012
What bureaucratic idiot decided to schedule a special election during the middle of the Xmas holiday season ??

People are busy, shopping and traveling - I wouldn't be surprised if this election turn-out was less than 10% 90% of the residents don't even know who is running -- Great planning by the bureaucrats again - just like everything else they try .... what will this special election cost ????

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