Just over a week remains in the early voting period for the Georgia primary run-off elections.
Georgia has a long span between the actual primary election and the July 22nd run-offs.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says voters aren’t exactly flooding to the polls so far.
“Over 44,000 people have voted so far in the run off, and at this point last time we had about 66,000 voted in the primary”, explained Kemp. “You have to remember we are dealing with a run off election, which typically has a lower turnout.”
He says the Independence Day Weekend is a likely contributing factor to the low turnout so far.
“We’ve had the July 4th Holiday weekend that we have been dealing with, and I am sure the turnout was low leading up to that, and a few days after that weekend as well”, said Kemp.
However, now that the Fourth of July is behind us, Kemp expects turnout to increase as candidates begin to make their advertising pushes.
“I think with the candidates starting to advertise and a lot of people starting to refocus on the race I think we will continue to see these numbers go up and hopefully we will have a strong turnout”, said Kemp. “We are just going to have to wait and see.”
In Elbert County there are no local races in a runoff on either the republican or democratic ballots.
However, on the republican side, there is a pair of state races to consider.
The first is for United States Senate between Jack Kingston and David Perdue; the other is for State School Superintendent, which is between Michael Buck and Richard Woods.
Only one state race is on the democratic runoff ballot, and that is also for State School Superintendent between Alisha Morgan and Valarie Wilson.
Early voting hours are between 8:00am and 5:00pm until July 18th at the Elbert County Registrar’s Office located inside the Elbert County Government Complex, where a photo ID is required to vote.