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Local early voting pace dips below 2016's
But still way ahead of last midterm and state election
vote 2018

After 10 weekdays of opportunity at the county annex, three days on the Georgia Southern University campus and last Saturday at the annex, 7,176 people had voted early in Bulloch County for next Tuesday's general election.

This week, both the Board of Elections and Registration office, in the county annex at 113 North Main Street, and the Honey Bowen Building, 1 Max Lockwood Drive at the Fair Road Park, will be open for early voters 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, through Friday, the final day of advance voting.

The running total through Saturday lagged slightly behind Bulloch's count of 7,380 in-person early voters by the same point in the fall 2016 presidential general election. However, the count already far surpasses the 3,929 final early-voter total in the 2014 election. That year brought the previous contest for governor, which was never as close as surveys put the current race between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican candidate Brian Kemp.

A third candidate, Libertarian Ted Metz, is also on the ballot, creating the possibility of a runoff.

The 12th Congressional District race between Republican incumbent Rep. Rick Allen and Democratic challenger the Rev. Francys Johnson has also generated considerable interest for a federal midterm election. Local candidates are also actively campaigning for Bulloch County Board of Commissioners seats in District 1 and District 2, which together encompass the entire county.

On-campus lower

However, despite apparent interest in this election at Georgia Southern University, turnout in the three days of on-campus early voting — last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Russell Union student center — was 1,088. Back in October 2016 with the presidential race, a record 2,084 voters cast ballots at the campus location, also in three days.

This year, the second Monday–Friday week of voting brought 2,903 voters to the annex, Bulloch County Election Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones reported Friday evening. The previous week 2,794 people had voted there, so the in-person voting total for two weeks at the annex was 5,697.

Saturday, the season's only day for weekend early voting, 391 people voted at the annex, an election office staff member reported. That brought the total to 7,176 with one location open 11 days and a second location open three days.

Both the annex and the Honey Bowen location were open Monday, but this report does not include Monday's totals. Also not included are any paper absentee ballots.

Voters have until Friday to request that absentee ballots be mailed to them, but ballots must be received, completed and returned to the election office before 7 p.m. Tuesday to be counted.

Voters who haven't voted early or absentee can vote at their assigned precinct between 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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