Cherokee Tribune – Early voting turnout weak for Ga House District 22 seat

26
Dec

Cherokee Tribune – Early voting turnout weak for Ga House District 22 seat

CANTON — Officials are reporting a poor turnout after the first week of early voting in the Jan. 7 special election to replace the late state Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) in the Georgia House of Representatives.

As of early Monday afternoon, only 91 people in Cherokee County had cast their ballot in the four-candidate race to take the District 22 seat left vacant after Hill’s death in October, said Janet Munda, Cherokee elections supervisor.

“It’s extremely low,” Munda said Monday, adding that the reason was likely the holiday season and the fact that the race is the only one on the ballot. “This could be a handful of people to decide this election.”

But even with that weak showing, Cherokee County, which has about 24,000 registered voters in District 22, is leading the pack of early voters in the race for the seat covering parts of Cherokee, Fulton and Forsyth counties. The most up-to-date numbers available to Munda showed that seven people had voted so far in Forysth and just two people had turned out in Fulton County, Munda said.

Cherokee County is represented by the candidates, with Meagan Biello, Nate Cochran, Jeff Duncan and Sam Moore, all Republicans from Cherokee, going after the seat.

With three counties to be represented by the winner of the special election, Cherokee GOP Chair Rick Davies says the low turnout so far is troublesome, but it’s not much of a surprise.

via Cherokee Tribune – Early voting turnout weak for Ga House District 22 seat.

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