Late surge makes early vote totals respectable

Around 1,700 voters cast ballot for Tuesday’s primaries

ALBANY — With about an hour remaining before early voting for Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries ended, around 1,700 Dougherty County voters had cast advance ballots.

A surge of almost 500 of the county’s 49,686 registered voters Thursday and Friday carried the final early vote tally to a respectable total, according to officials in the county’s Elections office.

Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson had expressed concern at the end of last week that fewer than 600 early voters had cast ballots in the first nine days of the early voting period. Some 247 voted in the Riverfront Resource Center May 5-9 and last Saturday.

Friday was also the last day Elections officials mailed out absentee ballots. Officials said voters would be allowed to bring their own personal absentee ballot to the office Monday and Tuesday, and persons who had applied for an absentee ballot as a disabled person could have someone deliver the ballot for him or her. Otherwise, the office will accept absentee ballots that arrive in the mail by 7 p.m. Tuesday when polls close.