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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

July 14, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As is typical for Dougherty County, turnout in tomorrow's election is expected to beat the state average. As many as 60% of registered voters are expected to go to the polls when they open at 7 AM.

When you go to your precinct, you have to decide if you want to vote on the Democratic or Republican ballot. "Regardless of the party, you should know who's running," said Dr. Constance Burkes.

And in Dougherty County, most people run on the Democratic Ballot. There's only one local Republican race and that's for District one school board. But all other local races for Sheriff, District Attorney, county commission, school board and state senate are on the democratic ballot and will be decided tomorrow. "You know in Dougherty County," Burkes, "we really don't have a general election because this is a democratic stronghold and therefore our primary is our general. Whoever wins the primary goes over into the general election."

That's one reason elections supervisor Carolyn Hatcher is expecting such a strong voter turnout. She said, "I really think we'll probably have a good turnout. We've got a lot of local races that are contested on the ballot and I feel like people will turnout and vote for their favorite candidate." Whichever party they are running for.

Don't forget to take a photo ID to vote tomorrow between the hours of 7AM and 7PM. WALB will be following more than one hundred and forty races across south Georgia tomorrow. We will have special election results shortly after the polls close at 7pm right here on walb.com.  

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