If early voting turnout numbers are any indication, Bryan County poll workers may have been lonelier than the Maytag repairman in commercials of old.
That’s because after three weeks of early voting, which included a day of Saturday voting, only 698 of the county’s estimated 20,000 registered voters showed up to cast a ballot.
But there’s still one more chance for Bryan voters to cast ballots in the primary. Election Day is Tuesday and polls in all 10 of the county’s precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The bulk of the early voting turnout was in more heavily populated South Bryan, where 579 residents voted early. Voting Registrar Warren Miller said his office mailed 72 absentee ballots over that time period as well.
“It’s been really light,” he said, noting turnout statewide has been low as well.
“There’s been a low turnout generally everywhere.”
Voters need to bring a photo ID — typically a driver’s license — and declare whether they want to vote in the Republican or Democrat primary.
For information on ballots or precinct locations, Miller urges to voters to visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter page, mvp.sos.state.ga.us, or call his office at 653-3859.
Any runoffs for the primary will be held July 22.
There’s only one contested local race — that for the County Commission District 5 seat where incumbent Jimmy Henderson is running against Rick Gardner, the man he unseated four years ago.
Other local seats up for grabs feature candidates who are running unopposed in the Republican primary. They include District 4 Commissioner Carter Infinger and District 2 Commissioner Wade Price.
Board of Education Chairman Eddie Warren, District 4 member Marianne Smith and District 5 member David Schwartz are also unopposed.
State House, Senate
There are four races for the General Assembly, which will impact Bryan County.
Those include the race for the District 1 Senate seat being vacated by Buddy Carter in his bid for the U.S. House. Running unopposed is state Rep. Ben Watson, a current member of the Georgia House.
Running for Watson’s District 166 seat — which includes a portion of South Bryan along the coast — are Jesse Petrea and Martin Sullvan.
Petrea is a CEO, vice president and co-owner of Altrus Assistant Living and officer and co-owner of Coastal Home Care Inc.
Sullian is an insurance salesman with Sapelo Insurance of Savannah and has worked as a senior policy advisor to Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.
No Democrats filed for District 166.
Running unopposed for his long-held District 164 seat is Republican state Rep. Ron Stephens, a Garden City pharmacist whose district includes much of South Bryan.
Also unopposed is Republican State Rep. Jan Tankersly of Bulloch County. Her district, District 160, includes North Bryan.