Georgia sees record early voting turnout ahead of primary day

POOLER, Ga. (WTOC) – Chatham County election officials say early primary voting turnout was the highest yet for a midterm election.

Even with the early in-person voting record, Chatham County election officials are expecting a busy day at the polls on Tuesday, especially in constituencies in communities west of Chatham like Pooler that had no early voting locations as close.

Here’s a breakdown of the first in-person votes tallied at the five open polling places in Chatham County over the past three weeks.

Eisenhower’s main electoral office had the highest number of votes cast, and between the five locations there were 18,452 in-person first voters.

This number does not include absentee and provisional ballots already received.

So while those thousands of voters won’t be in line with you on primary election day, election officials here in Chatham County are still preparing for a higher-than-usual turnout, especially in areas who didn’t have in-person polling places at the start as near.

“I suspect on the west side we are going to have a raise. There were no tapping voting sites in the Pooler, Port Wentworth area. I suspect we’ll see more voters on the west side than in other areas,” Chatham County Elections Supervisor Billy Wooten said.

Wooten reminds voters to have their driver’s license handy and to do a little research by looking at a sample ballot before coming to vote.

He says it will also be a good idea to have an umbrella handy, with the chance of rain in the forecast on Tuesday.

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