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Officials expect strong turnout Tuesday

6,400 Bryan voters cast early ballots

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POSTED: November 3, 2012 9:00 a.m.

Early voting ended Friday in Georgia, but residents still have one last chance to cast a ballot for the November general election.
Election Day is Tuesday and polls will be open at various locations throughout the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
According to voter registration officials, more than 6,400 of the county’s 21,000 voters turned out during the three weeks of early voting.
Chief Registrar Warren Miller said officials expect a turnout Tuesday similar to the 2008 election.
“All elections are different, but looking back at ’08, I believe, if my memory serves me right, we had about a 75-80 percent turnout in Bryan County,” Miller said. “We’ve had a little increased numbers turn out this time than in ’08, but we’ve also got more registered voters.”
While polls will be open the majority of the day, Miller encouraged voters to try and make it to the polls early, noting the afternoon is usually the busiest time.
“We would also still suggest to go look at the My Voter Page (mvp.sos.state.ga.us), because of the redistricting, and make sure you know which precinct to go to this time,” Miller said. “There are still 10 precincts, but lines were changed and there is a good chance you’ll be going to a different one. We only had about 30 percent voter turnout in July, so for a lot of people it’ll be the first time voting at the new precinct.”
Also on the website, voters can familiarize themselves with this year’s ballot, which — in addition to the presidential, congressional, Senate, state and local races — includes amendments regarding charter schools and multi-year state governmental rental agreements in Georgia.
Locally, North Bryan residents will decide whether Democratic incumbent Joe Kendrick or challengers Ed Bacon, an independent, or Noah Covington, a Republican, will represent District 1 for the next four years as county commissioner.
In South Bryan, voters in District 4 will choose between current Board of Education Vice Chairman Jeff Morton and political newcomer Marianne Smith for the next four years. Morton is seeking election to a different seat due to the county’s new districts lines.
At the state level, voters will decide between incumbent Rep. Jan Tankersley, R-Brooklet, and Democrat Marc Silver for District 160. Voters also will choose between incumbent Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savnnah, and Democrat Lauren Craddock to represent District 164.
Voters will also decide who will serve the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, or Democratic challenger Lesli Rae Messinger.
Uncontested races listed on the ballot include sheriff, clerk of superior court, tax commissioner and county commission chairman and District 3, probate judge, coroner, Board of Education vice chair, state court judge and solicitor-general.
A list of polling places is also available on Bryan County’s website at http://www.bryancountyga.org/departments/voting/polling_places.php.
For more information, contact the Voter Registration Office at 653-3859 or visit mvp.sos.state.ga.us.

 

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