With the polls in today’s primary election now closed, if the reports from two local polling precincts are any indication, voter turnout could be low.
As of 9:10 a.m., when a reporter arrived at the High Point Elementary School polling precinct in Sandy Springs, only 73 of the 6,087 registered voters there had cast ballots, Poll Manager Beryl Davis said.
Davis said that precinct had no problems with the voting machines or with voters who believed they were supposed to vote in another election but were not allowed to.
In 2017 many residents living in the 11th Congressional District, occupied by Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, wanted to vote in the District 6 special election that included 18 candidates and was eventually won by Republican Karen Handel in a runoff over Democrat Jon Ossoff. Some of those angry voters were at High Point.
“Not this time, thank goodness,” Davis said of a possible repeat of voters causing problems when they realized they could not cast ballots in another election, such as the District 6 one. “It’s been smooth so far.”
It was more of the same at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church polling precinct in Buckhead late in the afternoon. At 6:20 p.m., when a reporter arrived, there were two residents voting and four more in line to fill out paperwork before casting their ballots.
Poll Manager John Packman said only 626 of the about 6,600 registered voters at that precinct had cast ballots as of 6:20.
“It’s difficult for me to tell because this is the first time we’ve had these two precincts combined,” he said of the church’s precinct, which this year merged with most of the voters from the Buckhead Library precinct.
Packman said the church precinct had no problems today with the voting machines or unruly or confused voters.
“It’s been real smooth,” he said.
One reason for the low turnout on Election Day could be early voting. According to Fulton County’s elections division website, over 35,000 residents cast their ballots early in the primary.