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Primary voting in Bulloch begins Monday
Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee talks to supporters, church officials and the media during a campaign stop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. - photo by Associated Press
    Bulloch County voters anxious to get a jump on the Feb. 5 Georgia Presidential Primary can begin casting their ballots Monday.
    Probate Court Judge Lee Deloach, who supervises elections in Bulloch, said he expects a larger turnout than the 15.6 percent of registered voters who came out for the 2004 primary.
    “Historically, primary turnout hasn’t been that great,” Deloach said. “But I think we’ll get more than 20 percent this year. There seems to be a lot of interest in both party races.”
    Nine Republicans and eight Democrats are on each party’s ballot, including candidates on each side who dropped out of the race. Polls have Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a tight race on the Democrat side, while Mike Huckabee has a large lead over John McCain and Mitt Romney on the Republican side.
    Early voting will be available only at the Bulloch County Courthouse, which will be open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Deloach said.
    Voters must select a Republican or Democratic ballot. There are no other races or issues on the ballot. Voters also can request an absentee ballot in person or by mail. All regular polling locations in Bulloch will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 for primary voting.  
    Deloach reminded voters that they must present a valid picture ID to be able to vote. Acceptable identification includes a Georgia drivers license, a Georgia voter ID card, a valid U.S. passport, military ID or a picture ID card from a Federal, state or local government agency.
    In 2000, the last election without an incumbent president running, Deloach said 22.6 percent of Bulloch voters came out for the primary.
    “I hope we have a good turnout,” Deloach said. “That’s always good for democracy.”

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