Low turnout translates into no lines for voters

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News 12 First at Five, June 19, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga---The question of the day for Columbia County's elections office is, "Where do I vote?"

Officials in the office say they're happy to answer the question because it means another person is planning to participate in this election that most people are not.

"Well, its been a little slow," poll worker Rusty Wade says.

Elections officials expect a ten percent voter turnout in Richmond county and twenty percent in Columbia County. They say state and national lawmaker races alone ,don't typically draw large numbers.

But those who voted Tuesday found it quick and easy.

"Three things to vote for, you're in you're out," voter Barry Outz says.

In Columbia County, the three things on the ballot are the race to fill the 10th Congressional district seat, the Georgia Senate district 24 seat, and a redevelopment referendum.

In most other counties, the congressional seat is the only thing on the ballot.

Even with there being front runners in both races, the board of elections is expecting a runoff. It is slated for July 17th.

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