Georgia's primary elections are just about winding up. Folks have been casting their votes since 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, selecting which candidates will face off in the general elections in November.
Only about a 35 percent turnout is expected in Thomas County, almost mirroring statewide numbers with a 30 percent voter turnout predicted. If you haven't voted yet you still have until 7:00 to cast your ballot.
Tuesday morning a steady stream of voters lined up at the polls for Georgia's primary elections, all exercising the right to vote for their own reasons.
Nancy Gardner, a Georgia voter, says, "To me voting is just a privilege. As a citizens of the U.S. I take it very seriously, it's a responsibility I feel I have. I'm just one person, but one person can make a difference."
Norma Carr, also a Georgia voter, says, "The reason I came out to vote was to get the right person in the right place."
A republican and democratic nominee will be decided for Thomas County's chief magistrate with the five candidates in the race, and statewide attracting the most interest with eleven candidates running, are nominees for an open seat in the U.S. Senate.
Only a 30 percent voter turnout rate is expected Tuesday. Thomas County's Superintendent of Elections says on reason is because most voters have already cast their ballots through advance voting.
Vickie Burnette, Superintendent of Elections, says, "Voters just seem to be apathetic to the elections this year. It happens, it's not just this year, it's very often this happens."
A number of local candidates are running for positions this election and election officials say they're hoping that could help boost the numbers at the polls by time they close down at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.
There were several other political offices this election but they were filled by incumbents as their was no opposition this year in those positions and the county commissioner for District 4 will be chosen Tuesday.
There may possibly be a runoff election. In the contested races, if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff held August 10 for the top two.
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