Updated By: Winnie Wright
July 21, 2014
Even though the Board of Elections says a lot of people came out to vote early..they're still expecting tomorrow will be a very busy day at the polls.
"We had about 3,000 people come for early voting, which is pretty high for a runoff. We're not really sure why the turnout's so high this time, but we expect about the same turnout for tomorrow", says Tiffany Linkswiler, with the Lowndes County Board of Elections.
One theory as to why the turnout has been high..races where many crucial seats are up for grabs.
Jack Kingston and David Perdue were neck and neck back in May for the U.S. Senate Seat, and with Kingston running for Senate, his 1st Congressional District Seat in the House of Representatives is being eyed by both parties. Buddy Carter and Bob Johnson are up for the Republican nod, and Brian Reese and Amy Tavio are squaring off for the Democratic nod. Closer to home, Former Lowndes County Commissioner, John Page is challenging State Rep. Ellis Black for Tim Golden's former seat in the Georgia Senate. Golden has decided to not seek another term.
If you're planning to hit the polls Tuesday, all you need to bring with you is a picture ID.
"Polling locations have not changed since May. Early voting has ended in our office. You'll need to go Tuesday to your polling location. They're open 7 to 7. If you're unsure where it's at, just call our office", says Linkswiler.
That number is 229-671-2850. You can also find polling locations and other Election Day results at My Voter Page, which is part of the Georgia Secretary of State's website.
The Board of Elections in Lowndes County says it plans to have early voting totals as early as 7:30 tomorrow night. Shortly after that, they expect other results to begin coming in.
Valdosta, GA - Georgia voters will head to the polls next Tuesday after many of May's Primary elections resulted in a runoff. The Lowndes County Board of Elections has been open for early voting since June 30th, and say the turn out has been surprising.
"The turnout for this runoff has been higher than usual. It's almost on par with the May 20th election; which is very unusual. Usually for a runoff, it's like three or four percent, but we are actually exceeding that", says Tiffany Linkswiler, with the Lowndes County Board of Elections.
Linkswiler says no one is really sure why the voter turnout has been higher than usual for a primary. She says if early voting numbers are a sign for election day, your best bet is to hit the polls early.
"Being that the turnout has been high for the runoff, we recommend everyone come on in for early voting, that way they can avoid lines on election day", she says.
Some of the major runoffs taking place are the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. Jack Kingston and David Perdue are facing off for that seat. Next up.. who will fill Kingston's 1st Congressional District Seat. Buddy Carter, and Bob Johnson are fighting for the Republican nod. And Brian Reese and Amy Tavio are also facing off for the Democratic nod.
Georgia voters are invited to cast their ballot early at The Lowndes County Elections Office on North Oak Street in Valdosta. They are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. all this week.
The last day to vote in the Georgia Primary Runoff is Tuesday, July 22nd. You can go to 'My Voter Page' at http://mvp.sos.ga.gov/ to get your questions answered about the election, or call the elections office at 229-671-2850.