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No issues at local polls
Poll workers at the Allenhurst precinct prepare Tuesday for an after-work influx of voters.
Voters trickled into polling places across the state Tuesday to cast their ballots in Georgia’s primary.
Secretary of State’s Office spokesman Matt Carrothers said the process went very smoothly. While he declined to discuss turnout, Carrothers said turnout has hovered between 21 and 30 percent over the past few election cycles and points out that turnout for early voting was just under 4 percent.
Liberty County voters had no local races to decide. Even so, Liberty County Supervisor of Elections Ella Golden was happy with the proceedings. “For a primary election, I think it went very well,” she said. “Everything went so smoothly. I applaud everybody” who worked the polls today.
At 8 p.m. no Liberty County precincts had reported and absentee ballots had not yet been counted.
Liberty residents will head to the polls Nov. 2 to decide the general election and the special election for sheriff. An additional special election to fill the District 2 Hinesville City Council seat will be held Sept. 21.
At 8 p.m. Tuesday with only 4 percent of precincts reporting statewide, gubernatorial hopeful Karen Handel led the Republican candidates with 32.3 percent of the vote. John Oxendine followed with 22.5 percent. On the Democratic side, Roy E. Barnes led with 56.6 percent of the vote. Thurbert Baker followed with 21.4 percent.
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