Augusta seeing low voter turnout in runoff election

From the Augusta Chronicle:

Voters are showing little interest in the Augusta Commission runoff between incumbent Matt Aitken and challenger Bill Fennoy for the District 1 post.

According to data provided Friday by Richmond Coun­ty Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey, only 419 of the district’s 14,155 registered voters, just under 3 percent, cast ballots during eight days of advance voting for Tuesday’s runoff.

Bailey predicts overall turnout of 20-25 percent for the runoff.

“It’s kind of what we expect in this type of election, and the advance voting numbers show there is obviously some interest,” she said.

Three years ago, turnout was 25 percent for the Aitken-Fennoy runoff, but there are now 2,000 more registered voters in District 1 because of redistricting.

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