As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, only 51 people had participated in early voting for next Tuesday’s Statesboro City Council special election runoff between Don Armel and Derek Duke in Council District 5.
About seven other voters had returned absentee ballots, said Bulloch County Elections Supervisor Patricia Lanier Jones.
In-person early voting remains open Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Board of Elections area of the County Annex, 113 North Main St. But early voting closes at
5 p.m. Friday, with none allowed Monday.
Election Day voters will cast ballots Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at a different location, Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road, the only city precinct for District 5.
Friday is also the last day for the elections office to mail absentee ballots, but completed absentee ballots will be counted if returned before 7 p.m. Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, a total of 18 absentee ballots had been mailed to voters who requested them. So, since voting opened June 1, a total of 69 voters had voted early or received absentee ballots.
This contest started as a three-candidate race in a special election held the same day as the May 22 state and county primary. With 218 votes cast from among the 2,215 registered voters in the council district, turnout in the May 22 phase fell a little short of 10 percent.
Duke and Armel were the top two vote-getters, and although Duke captured 49 percent of the votes in that phase, neither received the majority needed to win.
Tuesday’s runoff should not be confused with the state and county primary runoffs, which will be held July 24.