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Voter turnout could go down in runoff

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LAWRENCEVILLE -- One in four of Gwinnett's nearly 400,000 registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's primary elections.

The number eclipsed recent primaries, including 2008's 15 percent and 2010's 21 percent.

But that number is likely to dwindle when three local elections are decided in the Aug. 21 runoff.

During Tuesday's voting, District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau came close to a majority in the GOP primary. But with 47 percent, he is now set to square off against Tommy Hunter, the second-place finisher, in the runoff.

That race will be on ballots alongside two countywide judicial races.

In a Superior Court race to replace Dawson Jackson, the top two finishers -- Kathy Schrader and Tracey Mason Blasi -- will face off in a month.

For a State Court seat, the runoff comes down to attorneys Emily Brantley and Pam Britt.

Gwinnett Elections Director Lynn Ledford said the runoff turnout will be hard to predict, but it usually goes down from the primary. In 2008, 9.8 percent of people voted and in 2010 it was 21.3 percent.

Ledford noted than anyone who voted in either party or who did not vote Tuesday may participate in the judicial runoffs. For Distrit 3 residents, the runoff will be open to GOP voters and people who did not vote in the primary.

Comments

Cleanupguy 2 years, 2 months ago

So 25% of the 60% registered to vote showed up - a whopping 15%! Thus 85% of the citizenry should have their citizenship revoked.

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JimmyOrr 2 years, 2 months ago

Nothing new here. Turnout is traditionally low in a runoff election. I am like Cleanupguy in that it is pathetic that only 15% of the registered voters turned out for Tuesday's election. I am 76 years old and have been voting since I was 18. When I served my two year hitch in Sam's Army I voted via absentee ballot. With the availabilty of absentee ballots, advance voting, and four satellite locations open the week before an election, there is absolutely no excuse for not exercising the sacred right to vote. Yes, the privilege of voting is a sacred right as like our freedom and other privileges we enjoy as AMERICANS, the right to vote was purchased with blood.

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Sandykin 2 years, 2 months ago

On the other hand, I'm glad that people who don't look into the issues for themselves and find out the candidates' positions on the issues or their records, stay home and don't vote. I'd rather have fewer people who are well informed, knowledgeable voters than a whole hoard of people that vote based on political junk mail and the opinions of the pundits from any of the "news" networks.

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

That is too bad because this is a last chance to vote out all incumbents.

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