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Early voting on track

7/24/2012

By MEGHAN PITTMAN
The Brunswick News

Of the nearly 45,000 registered voters in Glynn County, some 2,000 have already made their way to the ballot box in two weeks of early voting before the July 31 primaries and special elections.

Of those, 175 took advantage of the state-mandated Saturday voting this past week, said Cindy Johnson, Glynn County Board of Elections supervisor.

"It's pretty typical numbers if you look at last week," Johnson said. "People are still getting used to it, but I suspect (Saturday voting) will be better in November." The Nov. 6 general election will include the presidential election, which usually brings out more voters.

This is only the second time Glynn County has offered Saturday voting.

Johnson expects the final week of early voting - now through Friday - will yield higher numbers. In addition to offering early voting since July 9 at the elections office on Gloucester Street, early voting began Monday at Fire Station No. 2 on Demere Road on St. Simons Island. As of 1:20 p.m. Monday, 140 voters had cast ballots there.

If the past is any indication, that's just the beginning. "This week is always a big week," she said. "The turnout will be higher at St. Simons Island."

Most races in Glynn County with expected heavy turnout are in the Republican primary, where voters will select candidates for sheriff and district attorney. County commission and school board races also are on the ballots.

All voters will elect a State Court judge and decide the fate of a 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects, as well as a proposed restructuring of the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission board.

Early voting is also well under way in neighboring counties.

Camden County has seen 466 voters show up to the polls early so far, said Camden County Elections Superintendent Martin Gillette, the county's probate court judge. There are 25,919 registered voters in Camden.

"The turnout has been pretty average," Gillette said. "We have a sheriff race and that seems to always get people excited, and also a state House race that has two strong candidates. It should pick up as the week goes on."

McIntosh County has fielded 597 early voters, a high number because of heavily contested races, said McIntosh County Elections Supervisor Doll Gale.

"We also have a sheriff race with the incumbent (Steve Jessup) as a Republican and three Democrat opponents. They are all former employees or co-workers of his," Gale said. Jessup has served one term.

Other races of interest are the county commission seats in Districts 2 and 4, where both parties are represented by multiple candidates. Two seats on the McIntosh County Board of Educaton are up for grabs and multiple candidates are challenging the incumbents.

In Brantley County, 426 of 9,800 registered voters have voted early in the past two weeks.

Where to vote

Registered Glynn County voters can vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the board of elections office, 1815 Gloucester St., Brunswick, or at Fire Station No. 2, 1929 Demere Road, St. Simons Island. Primary day voting in party primaries and special elections will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 31 in geographic precincts.

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