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Early voting ends Friday
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Residents voting in this year’s primary have until 5 p.m. Friday to cast a ballot early and avoid the possibility of long lines Tuesday at the polls.
Early voting will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today-Friday at the Voter Registration Office at the courthouse in Pembroke or the new County Administrative Complex south of Richmond Hill. But so far, only about 380 of the county’s nearly 20,000 registered voters have cast ballots at either location.
“It’s actually been slow for some reason,” Sam Davis, the county superintendent of elections, said. “I expect it will be a lot busier in November, but the primary has just been extremely slow.
“I can’t understand why people are not taking advantage of (early voting). They’ll probably have to wait in line at the precinct (Tuesday) but now they could just come right in and vote.”
In addition to local- and state-level nominations, Bryan County voters also have the chance to decide if the sale of alcohol will be permitted on Sundays in establishments that derive at least 50 percent of their annual gross sales from the sale of prepared food or room rentals for overnight lodging.
County commissioners voted in May to have the alcohol sales referendum added to the July 20 ballot.

Local races
Local Republican elections in Tuesday’s primary will consist of the following: school board races between Paine Bacon and Mindy Boyette for the District 1 seat, which is being vacated by Mary Warnell; and county board races between Wade Price and Ted Akins for the District 2 post held by Blondean Newman, who is stepping down, incumbent Rick Gardner and James Henderson for District 5, and Butch Broome and Chris Morse for District 4, currently held by Toby Roberts, who is stepping down after 20 years on the county commission.
Barring any last-minute write-in candidates in the fall, those races will be decided Tuesday because no Democrats qualified to run for any position in the county. However, the Republican nominee for District 4 – either Broome or Morse – will face Carter Infinger in November. Infinger will be on the November ballot as an independent candidate thanks to a petition of signatures from more than 5 percent of District 4’s registered voters.
Other local candidates facing no opposition are school board candidates:incumbent chairman Eddie Warren; District 4 incumbent Joe Pecenka; and David Schwartz for the District 5 seat being vacated by Judy Crosby, who is retiring.
Also, a number of state races also are on tap, including governor, lieutenant governor, state school superintendent and more
Officials urge voters to check out the secretary of state’s new voter’s website at On that page, voters can find sample ballots, precinct information and more.
For more information, call Bryan County Voter Registrar Office at (912) 653-3859.
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