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Turnout Low for Early Voting in May 21 Elections

Credit: Jennifer Denson

About 5,500 people voted early for Athens’ local nonpartisan elections and partisan primaries.

The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections reported Monday that 4,828 voters cast their ballot in person during the advance voting period that ended Friday. Another 617 absentee ballots have been returned, out of 1,002 requested.

The most popular early voting site was the ACC Elections Office downtown with 2,157 voters, followed by the ACC Library (1,009), the ACC Tennis Center (628), the ACC Cooperative Extension (545), the Miriam Moore Community Center (219) and the Winterville Community Center (180).

Athens has 7,724 active registered voters, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, which makes the current turnout rate 7.5%. Turnout for May elections in Athens is typically a little over 30%.

There is still time to vote: Election Day is Tuesday, and precincts will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Click here to find your precinct location.

Also, be sure to double-check your ballot. The Elections Department said Friday that 66 voters on Oglethorpe Avenue were inadvertently placed in Commission District 5 rather than District 2.