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POSTED: October 4, 2010 10:47 p.m.
Election Day is still several weeks away and voter turnout so far has been slow, but residents of Bryan County will have a second location to cast an early ballot beginning Monday morning.
And Monday was the deadline to register, if you needed to, and still be on the rolls for the November election.
Those needing to register can do so at a number of locations across the county, as well as at home.
Early voting began almost two weeks ago at the Bryan County Voter Registration Office at 151 South College St. in Pembroke, but a second early voting poll will be up and running at 8 a.m. Monday at the Bryan County Administrative Complex at 66 Capt. Matthew Freeman Drive south of Richmond Hill. Early voting will be available at both locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday until Oct. 29.
Though early voting has been underway, only 34 voters had taken advantage of the early voting period by Friday afternoon, according to the registration office.
But Warren Miller, county voter registrar, said it's usually not until around two weeks before Election Day before things pick up.
“I think turnout will be a little better (in the general election) than in the primary,” he said. “That (voter turnout) was pretty low.”
Voter turnout in Bryan County for the July Primary Election Day was well below 30 percent and about the same for the primary early voting.
“Usually how ever early voting goes is how Election Day goes,” Miller said. “We’ve found that to be pretty true.”
Local races in this year’s election are being held for the Bryan County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education. On the school board, incumbent Eddie Warren is uncontested for the chairman’s seat; Paine Bacon is uncontested for District 1; incumbent Joe Pecenka is uncontested for District 4; and David Schwartz is uncontested for District 5.
On the commissioners’ board, Wade Price is uncontested for District 2, and Jimmy Henderson is uncontested for District 5. The race for District 4 is the only local contest, with Republican Butch Broome, independent Carter Infinger and write-in candidate Lynda Morse vying for the seat.
But voters will also find several state contests on the ballot, including the races for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and more.
To see a sample ballot specific to voting districts, visit the Georgia Secretary of State My Voter Page at www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.
 

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