After one week of early voting, 1169 local voters had cast their ballots in person, according to Elections Superintendent Tony Thompson. Additionally, 945 absentee ballots have been mailed out.
The second week of early voting continues this week each day Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is also Saturday voting on October 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the only day of Saturday voting during this election. Voters are encouraged to take advantage of the ease of early voting.
High turnout expected
In 2016 voter turnout in Candler County exceeded 81%. With significantly more registered voters this time, the turnout is expected to be similarly high.
Voters are reminded that campaign activities are prohibited within 150 feet of the polling location at the Jack Strickland Community Center building at 621 W. Pine St.
This includes hats, buttons, masks, t-shirts or other campaign paraphernalia bearing the name or slogan of a candidate on this year’s ballot.
“We’ve had to remind a couple of voters to leave those items in their cars or turn them inside out,” said Thompson.
“Overall, the lines have moved swiftly and most voters have not experienced much of a wait. We did have a couple of times when our printers went down or our check-in software wouldn’t work for a few minutes, but for the most part we have been fairly efficient in our line flow times,” said Thompson.
“Our poll workers are doing their usual great job. We also wipe down surfaces with disinfectant throughout the day. Masks, hand sanitizer and gloves are also available if voters don’t have their own.
“Hopefully voters will feel that we are providing as safe an environment as possible. Also, if voters wish to drop off their ballots inside the polling location, they can do so during voting hours.
“If they call 685-6687 we can send a poll worker out to their vehicle to accept their absentee ballot.
“Absentees can also be dropped off inside the Commissioners’ Office on 1075 E. Hiawatha Street,” added Thompson.