Voter turnout for off-year elections is ordinarily on the low side. What races are contested, if any, also can be a factor in the number of voters who go to the polls.
For Tuesday night’s Thomasville City Council and Thomasville City Schools board races, there was a turnout of nearly 20 percent. Of 13,071 registered voters, there were 2,562 ballots cast.
One city council race wasn’t contested. Another was for a district seat, meaning it wasn’t an at-large post, in which all voters can weight in.
Two years ago, with an at-large city council seat at stake, there were 2,513 ballots cast. This year, there were 2,111 votes cast in the two city council races. There were even 31 write-in votes.
For the at-large school board seat, there were 2,159 votes cast.
In Grady County, 2,773 votes were cast in the countywide special purpose local option sales tax renewal. Two years ago, nearly 8,400 votes were cast in Grady, a turnout of 62 percent.
How different is turnout for off-year elections? By contrast, turnout across the state two years was more than 61 percent for a non-presidential election year.
Voters in Thomasville will go back to the polls in a few weeks at three precincts to choose a new city council member. There were 1,091 votes cast in that race this time around.
We hope there is as much interest in that election next month as there was this week.