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Georgia voters finally get a say a presidential primaries

Posted: March 4, 2012 - 12:04am

After two months of sitting on the sidelines, voters in Georgia and nine other states get to have their say in the 2012 presidential primaries.

Despite the election year hubbub, only about 15 percent of Columbia County voters are expected to visit their precincts during the Super Tuesday presidential preference primary, said Board of Elections Director Deborah Marshall.

Of the county’s 85,000 registered voters, “I’m thinking it’s going to be less than 15 percent” to vote in the primary, Marshall said.

“We only have the presidential preference on the ballot,” she added. “We have no issues on the ballot, such as a SPLOST referendum, that sort of thing.”

Early voting started Feb. 13, followed by advance voting and the state’s first-ever Saturday voting.

Elections Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay said a total of 1,229 voters have cast ballots in person as of Thursday morning, with another 369 mailing in absentee ballots. For the Feb. 25 Saturday vote, 75 people visited the Board of Elections office.

Of all voters so far, 113 have cast a Democratic ballot, while 1,485 have voted Republican. On Tuesday, the county’s precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Marshall said, adding that she expects all the votes to be counted by about 8:30 p.m.

Voters must choose between a Democratic ballot with just one name, Barrack Obama, or a Republican ballot, with nine candidates – including at least three who have withdrawn from the race.

Many of the precincts will change after Tuesday’s election in preparation for the July 31 general primary, Marshall said, pending approval by the U.S. Justice Department of redrawn state and local districts.

Notices will be mailed to all voters in June, she said.


Democratic ballot

Barrack Obama

Republican ballot

Michele Bachmann* Newt Gingrich

Jon Huntsman* Gary Johnson

Ron Paul Rick Perry*

Buddy Roemer Mitt Romney

Rick Santorum

* Candidate has withdrawn from the race, but name still appears on Georgia ballots.

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