Advance voting turnout just over 1 percent

The unofficial totals are in and, according to Gwinnett County Elections Supervisor Lynn Ledford, turnout during the advance voting period appears to be within the average range.

“It’s hard to compare because we’re not comparing apples to apples, each runoff ballot is different,” Ledford explained. “It really depends on the number of races and state versus federal versus local.”

In 2010, for instance, the runoff election included eight Republican races and two Democratic races. Turnout for that election was 15.84 percent. In 2012, when just one Republican house race was on the ballot, only 5.68 percent of registered voters went to the polls. This year, there two statewide Republican races, one statewide Democratic race and two local Republican races to be decided during the July 22 runoff.

“Generally you could say the runoff turnout ranges from 5 to 15 percent,” Ledford said.

During the advance voting period, which began June 30 and ended July 18, 5,203 of Gwinnett’s 457,111 registered voters cast ballots. Voters in the Republican runoff accounted for 4,816 of those ballots while just 387 were cast in the Democratic runoff. The majority of those ballots—4,071—were cast in person at the elections office.

According to Ledford, interest in the runoff has been typical with her office fielding the usual number of calls.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Voters may view sample ballots and their election day polling place my visiting the “My Voter Page” on the Georgia Secretary of State website at http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.