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Voters not lining up yet in city election
Turnout still higher than expected
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Advanced voting in the Richmond Hill municipal election was steady through the first two days, Elections Superintendent Sam Davis said.

It even exceeded his expectations.

"It’s a little better than I thought," Davis said, while noting he expects turnout to increase as the week goes on.

"It’ll pick up the closer you get to the end of the week, when you’ve got candidates on the streets and everyone waving their signs," Davis said. "We expect Thursday and Friday will be big days for us."

So far approximately 110 people have taken advantage of advanced voting to cast ballots in the city election. Another 150 voted early in the special election between state senate hopefuls Buddy Carter and Dr. Billy Hair, who are vying to see who replaces Sen. Eric Johnson.

Early voting for that contest is over, but advance voting for Richmond Hill races continues through Friday.

Those contests include a bid between current mayor pro tem Floyd Hilliard and former councilman Harold Fowler to see who replaces longtime mayor Richard Davis in the city’s top elected spot.

Also up for grabs are a pair of city council seats. Incumbent Post 1 councilwoman JoAnn Robinson-Bickley is facing a challenge from Van Hunter, and political newcomers Russ Carpenter and Darryl Petermann are vying for the post 2 seat vacated by Hilliard.

This week's advance voting in the city election is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Wetlands Center in J.F. Gregory Park.

Election Day is Nov. 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and there may be some confusion for Richmond Hill voters -- who have to vote in the city race at the Wetlands Center and then go to their precinct to vote in the special election for the senate seat.

"We have folks who get upset and I understand, but by law we have no control over that," Davis said.

There are approximately 17,000 registered voters in Bryan County and 8,000 in Richmond Hill.

For more information on precincts visit or call Chief Registrar Warren Miller at 653-3895.

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