Through mid-day Tuesday, nearly 3,900 people had already cast a ballot, which represents just slightly less than 7 percent of the total electorate. To put this into perspective, there was a total turnout of roughly 22 percent for the July primary elections in Carroll County. Elections Superintendent Patti Brown-Traylor said she anticipates the upcoming election to see upwards of twice as many local residents cast a ballot as compared to the previous primary, and it’s largely the gubernatorial race that is driving the electorate to the polls in the thousands.
“I’m thinking it could be between 40 and 50 percent,” she said. “The governor’s race doesn’t bring out as much as a presidential election, but it would be second to that.”
Early voting ends on Friday at 5 p.m., and Brown-Traylor said considering the amount of interest the election has already generated, there is the possibility that residents waiting until election day to vote may face the prospect of lines. The way to cut down on the wait time, she said, is for voters to familiarize themselves with the ballot measures, especially the six ballot questions, which could pose a point of confusion for some voters.
“We hope everyone will get a sample ballot and familiarize themselves with the ballot before they get to the polls. That will help as far as moving people through,” she said. “If they’re not prepared for those amendments, it could take a while.”
Sample ballots can be found at the board of elections website, www.carrollgaelections.com, at the elections office or at any of the local public libraries.
Up until the point that early voting ends, voters can cast a ballot either at the elections office on College Street in Carrollton or at the Powell Park location in Villa Rica. There is no voting on the Monday before the election.
Before anyone can cast a ballot today or on Tuesday, they’ll need to remember to bring a photo ID to their polling place. Polling locations are listed on voter registration cards. Precincts on election day will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and anyone in line when the precincts close will have the opportunity to cast a ballot.
Elections officials remind voters that campaign paraphernalia is strictly prohibited, including, but not limited to hats, buttons and T-shirts. Cars parked in the lots outside the precincts should also be clear of any campaign signs or stickers. Cell phone and camera use is also prohibited.