Early voting closed on Friday with a low percentage of the electorate in Thomas and Grady counties participating.
Only 768 of Thomas County’s 29,876 registered voters had cast ballots by Friday at noon.
“Moving the deadline up had somewhat of an effect on early voting this year. (Primary elections are) usually held in June. We are anticipating more people to come out on Tuesday, especially with it being a state race, and it’s a good race with great candidates,” said Walter Mays, Thomas County election supervisor.
Mays stated that there was a better turnout on Friday because of the good weather. He added that he is excited about the races on Tuesday and anticipates that there will be a runoff.
Mays said, “We are anticipating a runoff and we are also gearing up for that as well. We are excited about Tuesday and, the best part of it is, that voters have the opportunity to come out and vote and it’s something that they should do.”
Twenty-three precincts will be open in Thomas County on Tuesday.
Grady County Deputy Registrar Malinda Butler considered the early voting in Grady County to be slow at first. She it picked up later in the week.
“We had almost 100 voters turn out on Thursday and on Friday by noon 75 voters had come in. Friday is our busiest day since it is the last day for early voting,” said Butler.
By noon on Friday, 940 of the 14,860 registered voters in Grady County had cast their votes.
On Tuesday, 13 precincts will be open in Grady County.
Butler said, “If anyone is unsure of what precincts they are to vote in, they can call the registrar’s office.”
Butler can be reached at (229) 377-1897.
Polls will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Thomas and Grady counties.
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.