Sunday, May 12, 2024

Second Week Of Early Voting In Oconee County For May 21 Election Up Just Slightly From First Week

Only 4.6 Percent Of Eligible Voters Have Cast Ballot***

Early voting in Oconee County for the May 21 General Primary/Nonpartisan General Election picked up just slightly in its second week, with 788 out of Oconee County’s 33,143 voters casting a ballot.

The county Office of Elections and Voter Registration has now received 102 returned Absentee By Mail Ballots.

With 635 votes cast Advance In Person in the first week, 788 in the second, and 102 returned mail ballots, 1,525 voters have cast a ballot, or 4.6 percent of the total eligible voters.

Early In Person Voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday of this week at the Oconee County Administrative Building, 7635 Macon Highway. No early voting will be held on Saturday.

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot has now passed.

Voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the count's eight polling places on Election Day.

Early Voting By Day, Party

On Friday, 194 persons cast a ballot in person at the county Administrative Building, the largest number to participate in Advance In Person Voting for the May 21 election so far.

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Each day during the last week the number of voters exceeded just slightly the number for the same day last week, with the exception of Thursday.

Of the ballots cast Advance In Person so far, 236 were Democratic, 26 were Nonpartisan, and 1,161 were Republican.

Of the mail ballots returned, 33 were Democratic and 69 were Republican. None were Nonpartisan.

So far, 17.6 percent of the ballots cast In Person or returned via mail were Democratic, 80.7 percent were Republican, with the remaining 1.7 percent Nonpartisan.

A total of 253 issued absentee mail ballots have not yet been returned. Of those, 92 are Democratic, two are Nonpartisan, and 159 are Republican.

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. Democrat-leaning voters could be voting in the Republican Primary or not voting at all.

The top local race on the Democratic ballot is the contest between Jessica Fore and Lexy Doherty for the party nomination of a 10th Congressional District candidate, while the top local race on the Republican Ballot has incumbent Board of Commissioners Chair John Daniell  and Pam Hendrix seeking that office.

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