Voting was slow but steady
at most Chatham County polling locations Tuesday as voters elected a new school board president and helped determine a handful of party nominees ahead of the November general election.
After just more than 23 percent of the county’s voters cast ballots during the May 20 primary, just less than 20 percent of its 129,463 registered voters participated in the runoff Tuesday.
That turnout was a little better than election officials anticipated for the runoff that in addition to determining Joe Buck’s successor as president of the public school system’s board also helped determine nominees for the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 1st District congressional seat and the state schools superintendent, as well as the Republican nominee for Saxby Chambliss’ Senate seat.
“Runoffs are generally slower than their associated elections or primaries,” said Russell Bridges, Chatham County elections supervisor. “Most of the people who vote in the primary — where it was light earlier this year — aren’t necessarily likely to vote in the runoff. Maybe it’s because the (races) they care about are already decided or whatever it may be, runoffs (in Chatham) just never have the same kind of turnout.”