Voters in the Peach State can cast their ballots this week for next Tuesday’s local elections, including races in Thomasville and Valdosta. Despite the popularity of early voting, some local counties are seeing low turnout.
Deb Cox, the Lowndes County Supervisor of Elections, says, "The only surprise so far this year is it’s the lowest turnout we've had at this stage of the game. We've had virtually no absentee voters and only a sprinkling of advanced voters. I don't know if it’s a lack of interest or everyone waiting until later in the week. Right now there are no lines, so everyone needs to come out now while it’s slow."
Voter Nancy Johnson says, "Actually, I wasn't going to vote until one of the candidates came to the door and started talking to me and explained what he stood for. I thought, hey, that's worth voting for, so that's what I'm here for."
Valdosta Mayor John Fretti says these local races are almost more important than the large national races that bring so many people to the polls, because these local races have more of an impact on voter's daily lives.
"Will you ever meet the president? Probably not. Will you meet a city council person or a school board member? Yes. And you can get your voice heard to them and maybe they'll carry your idea forward, that's why this is so important,” says Fretti.
While early voters have been few and far between in Valdosta and Lowndes County, election officials in Thomas County say turnout there has been good.
Advanced voting is going on around Georgia, and those polls are open at local election offices between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. all this week.