Early voting winds down for Tuesday special election
by Erin Dentmon
January 03, 2013 12:00 AM | 2803 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Cherokee County voters only have today and Friday to vote early in the special election for state Senate District 21 and House District 21. But not many voters have taken advantage of early voting so far.

Cherokee County Elections Supervisor Janet Munda said just over 600 people had voted as of midday Wednesday.

Munda said she doesn’t anticipate long lines on Election Day, with 3 to 5 percent voter turnout expected.

“The ballot is very short, and it’s not going to take long (to vote),” she said.

The entire early voting period has seen light turnout, Munda said. The elections office has received some calls from people confused about their eligibility to vote in the races, but Munda said the volume of questions hasn’t been very heavy.

Some Cherokee residents not living in the open districts have reported receiving candidate brochures in the mail, Munda said.

The Cherokee County Board of Elections office on East Main Street in Canton will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday. All eligible voters wishing to vote early must report to the elections office.

No voting will take place Monday.

Voters should report to their assigned precincts on Tuesday, the day of the election. All precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Voters within the following precincts may be eligible to cast ballots:

Air Acres, Arnold Mill, Avery, Ball Ground, Bascomb, Booth, Bradshaw, BridgeMill, Conns Creek, Deer Run, Freehome, Hickory Flat, Hightower, Hillside, Holly Springs, Liberty, Little River, Macedonia, Mountain Road, Neese, Rosecreek, Sixes, Teasley, Toonigh, Union Hill, Univeter, Wildcat, Woodlands and Woodstock.

Anyone unsure about voting eligibility should check their registration cards, call the county elections office at (770) 479-0407, or visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page at mvp.sos.state.ga.us.

Some voters may be eligible to vote in the House and Senate elections, but some are eligible only to vote in one race.

Chip Rogers resigned the Senate District 21 seat in December. Sean Jerguson subsequently resigned the House District 21 seat to run for the open Senate seat. He faces fellow Republican Brandon Beach of Alpharetta in the special election for Senate District 21.

Republicans Brian Laurens, Kenneth Mimbs and Scot Turner and Democrat Natalie Bergeron are all in the running for the House seat.
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