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Early voting under way
Officials predict low turnout
Campaign signs for candidates of the District 4 Bryan County Commission seat continue to line Hwy. 144 in Richmond Hill long after the Nov. 2 general election. - photo by Photo by Hallie D. Martin
Early voting for the District 4 seat on the Bryan County Board of Commissioners runoff election kicked off this morning, and countywide voters can also cast their ballot for two state judicial races.
The runoff election is Nov. 30, but Bryan County polls will be open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting today through Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the courthouse in Pembroke and the County Administrative Complex in South Bryan, according to Sam Davis, the county elections superintendent.
The turnout for runoff elections are historically “very low,” Davis said. Typically, between 10 and 15 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot for runoff elections. During the general election earlier this month, 8,084 people, or 46 percent of the 17,596 registered voters in the county, turned out to choose their favorite candidates.
In the general election earlier this month, neither Butch Broome nor Carter Infinger won 50 percent plus one vote needed to secure the seat representing District 4 on the Bryan County Board of Commissioners.
Bryan County residents in all districts can cast their ballot for a Georgia Supreme Court justice and a Court of Appeals judge. Those races, between incumbent David Nahmias and Tammy Lynn Adkins in the Supreme Court, and Antoinette “Toni” Davis and Chris McFadden on the Appeals Court, are also headed to a runoff on Nov. 30.
On Nov. 2, Broome, the Republican candidate, won 1,013 votes, or 48.1 percent, while Infinger, the Independent candidate, garnered 939 votes, or 44.6 percent. Lynda Morse ran an aggressive write-in campaign and secured about 7 percent of votes.
“Historically, there is low voter turnout out for runoffs. I hope that that all Republicans and other citizens get out, vote and change that trend,” Broome wrote in an e-mail. “Early voting is easy with no lines and only takes a few minutes. Thanks again for every ones support.”
Infinger also said that he hopes people do come out to vote to pick the best representative for District 4.
“[I hope that] everyone gets out and votes and gets their voice heard and votes for the person who can represent the whole county the best,” he said.
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