Low voter turnout as usual for Georgia runoff races, according to experts

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Georgia’s GOP gubernatorial race has drawn national attention, but the contest between Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp could be decided with just a handful of votes.

Voter turnout was low as usual Tuesday, according to Muscogee County elections experts. Specialist Jeanette James tells News 3 there are also several local runoffs, but most voters will be limited in their options.

“The runoffs are always low, and people, especially when say right now everyone can’t vote in District 2,” James explains to News 3’s Mikhaela Singleton. “We have a school board candidate runoff there, but there’s a lot of people that can’t vote in District 2 so a lot of them are just not as interested in voting in the runoff as they would be in the primary.”

She adds early voting numbers follow the same trend with only 3,011 out of about 130,000 registered Muscogee County voters actually submitting a ballot.

James urges voters to come out to their local voting precincts to weigh in on local races that could seriously impact their lives, such as the City Council at large seat sought by Amy Bryan ad John House, as well as Muscogee County School Board District 2 between Mike Edmondson and Bart Steed.

“Why wouldn’t you vote for the people that’s going to be responsible, ultimately responsible for you?” she asks.

Click here to see the latest map of 2018 Muscogee County voting precincts.

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