Friday, July 27, 2012
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A voter casts a ballot Friday at the Government Center downtown. More than 2,000 people voted during the early voting period which ends Friday at 5 p.m. All area precincts will reopen, Tuesday, July 31, at 7 a.m.
ALBANY More than 2,000 people have cast ballots ahead of Tuesday's primary election, officials say.
Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said Friday that turn out had be steady in the three-week advanced voting period.
Friday marks the end of the early voting cycle, with the poles at the Government Center at 222 Pine Avenue and at the Candy Room at 225 Pine Avenue closing at 5 p.m.
All area precincts will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for traditional, election-day voting, Nickerson said. The elections office and all precincts will be closed for voting on Monday.
The big draws are mostly on the Democratic ballot as incumbent At-Large School Board Member Anita Williams-Brown tries to hold off a challenge from Dr. Lane Price. Coroner Emma Quimbley is also seeking another term in a high-profile race as challenger Michael Fowler seeks to unseat her.
The major non-partisan draw is the race for state court judge as two prominent lawyers seek to fill the seat being vacated by the retirement of Judge John Salter. Magistrate Victoria Darrisaw and attorney Christopher Warren are running to win the position.
The major ballot question for the primary is whether voters throughout Southwest Georgia should levy a one-percent sales tax on themselves to fund regional transportation projects.