Early voting ended Thursday with a total of 1,378 people having cast ballots for the DeKalb County Democratic Primary, a low voter turnout compared to early voting for the May Primary (2,320) and the August General Election (1,660) four years ago.
Lisa Peterson, Administrator of Elections, says 320 people voted by personal appearance and three by mail on Thursday for the best turnout of any day during the thirteen day early voting period.
A total of 1,321 voted by personal appearance and 57 by mail.
DeKalb County has 12,606 registered voters.
The following are the numbers of persons from the various precincts who either voted by mail or who came to the courthouse to vote in person from April 12-27.
Temperance Hall- 12
Edgar Evins State Park-1
Rock Castle- 2
Johnson's Chapel- 8
Church of Christ Annex- 269
During the May, 2002 DeKalb County Democratic Primary, 2,320 voted early and 3,502 cast ballots on election day for a total vote of 5,822.
However there were eleven more candidates on the ballot for county offices in May, 2002 than this year.
This ballot includes eleven candidates combined for the offices of Sheriff, County Mayor, Trustee, County Clerk, Circuit Court Clerk, and Register of Deeds compared to twenty three candidates combined for the same offices in May, 2002. Only three of the races, Sheriff, County Mayor, and County Clerk, are contested this year and this is the second primary election in a row that Democrats have not had a candidate to run for Road Supervisor. Five of the six races for county offices were contested in May 2002.
There are twenty one candidates combined running for the fourteen seat county commission this May compared to twenty three county commission candidates in May, 2002. Contested county commission races this year are in the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh districts. Four years ago, all district county commission races were contested except in the second and seventh districts.
This ballot has a slate of nine candidates combined for the DeKalb County General Sessions Court, Criminal Court, Circuit Court, Chancery Court, District Attorney General, and District Public Defender. Only one of these races is contested, Judge Lillie Ann Sells versus challenger Edwin Sadler for Criminal Court Judge Part II
The Judges, D.A., and Public Defender all serve eight year terms and were not on the ballot four years ago because they were in mid-term.
A total of 1,660 people voted early during the August, 2002 General Election/State Primary.
If you are an eligible voter and did not take advantage of early voting, you may vote on Tuesday, May 2 at your regular voting precinct. All sixteen polling places will be open Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
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