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Turnout light at Gwinnett polls for SPLOST election

Turnout was light at Gwinnett County polls, as voters made their thoughts known on a county sales tax referendum. Polls closed at 7 p.m. for the county election, as well as in local cities holding council races.

As of 2 p.m., about 12,000 had cast ballots at county locations, where the only other matter under consideration is a special election for a House seat in the Dacula/Buford area.

That number is only about three times higher than those who had voted early during this election season.

Elections Superintendent Lynn Ledford said turnout for special elections can often hover around 20 to 25 percent of the electorate, but Tuesday seemed to be drawing an even lighter crowd.

“I think everyone needs to come out,” Lawrenceville resident Sandra Strickland said after casting her ballot. “Everything has to start locally. I think a lot of people sit home and don’t take part in it, but everyone has different ideas and we need all of them. … I just wish more people would come out and vote.”

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