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Sluggish turnout for first day of early voting

Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson, left, checks the drivers’ license of Ramona Nealy, right, as she signs in to vote at the government center Monday. The early voting period ends Nov. 4.

Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson, left, checks the drivers’ license of Ramona Nealy, right, as she signs in to vote at the government center Monday. The early voting period ends Nov. 4.

ALBANY, Ga. — As expected, turnout for the first day of early voting was sluggish, with 53 voters casting ballots Monday, according to elections officials.

Read J.D. Sumner’s municipal blog, “Voting: It’s Easy,” online at albanyherald.com

On the ballot this year are the municipal elections, including the mayor’s race and races for Ward II, IV and VI. Residents of the city of Albany will also have an opportunity to vote on whether they would like the sale of packaged alcohol on Sundays.

The only countywide question on the ballot is whether to approve the renewal of a one-percent sales tax for the Dougherty County School System.

Ramona Nealy was one of the 53 people to vote Monday and said that she feels that it’s important for people to exercise their right to choose their elected officials.

“I think it’s very important that people come out and get involved and vote,” Nealy said. “It’s really the only chance we get to voice our opinion and tell our leaders whether we like what they’re doing or not.”

Turnout for off-year elections is generally low, but with a competitive mayor’s race headlining the ballot, turnout could be higher-than-usual, according to elections officials.

The early voting period started Monday and will end November 4. Voters can cast their ballots between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each week day at the government center at 222 Pine Avenue.