Sunday, May 05, 2024

Early Voting Off To Slow Start In Oconee County For May 21 Primary And Nonpartisan Election

***Republican Ballots Dominate***

Only 635 of Oconee County’s 33,143 registered voters cast a ballot in the first six days of Advance In Person voting for the May 21 General Primary/Nonpartisan General Election.

The Oconee County Elections and Registration Office received and accepted another 34 Absentee By Mail ballots in the first week of early voting, meaning that only 2.0 percent of the county’s voters have cast a ballot to date.

Of the ballots cast in Advance In Person voting, 531 were Republican, 96 were Democratic, and eight were Nonpartisan.

Of the 34 Absentee By Mail ballots returned, 26 were Republican and eight were Democratic.

In total, 83.3 percent of the ballots cast so far were Republican, 15.5 percent were Democratic and 1.2 percent were Nonpartisan.

Early In Person Voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until May 17 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday May 11 at the Oconee County Administrative Building, 7635 Macon Highway.

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is May 10.

Early Voting By Day, Party

Advance In-Person Voting attracted just more than 100 voters Monday through Thursday of last week.

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On Friday, 141 voters cast a ballot, but only 56 voters participated in the first of the two Saturdays of early voting.

The Democratic Ballot contains no local race in which there is competition.

Democrats in Oconee County and across the 10th Congressional District are selecting between Jessica Fore and Lexi Doherty, both from Athens, to run against incumbent Republican Mike Collins in November.

The Republican Ballot includes intra-party competition for Chair of the Board of Commissioners, with incumbent John Daniell and Pam Hendrix on the ballot.

It also includes competitive races for Post 4 on the Board of Commissioners, Post 1 Chair on the Board of Education, and Post 4 and Post 5 on the Board of Education.

Georgia does not have registration by party, and voters can ask for the Democratic Party Ballot, the Republican Party Ballot, or the Nonpartisan Ballot when they show up to vote in Advance In Person Voting or on Election Day.

The recent highwater mark for Democratic voting in Oconee County was in the 2020 Presidential Election, when Joe Biden received 32.4 percent of the vote to Donald Trump’s 65.9 percent.

Those figures suggest that about a third of the partisan ballots in the May 21 primary should be Democratic, as opposed to the 15 percent so far in early voting, unless Democrat-leaning voters are voting in the Republican Primary or not voting at all.

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