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Polls close, officials tally votes for southwest Georgia

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Some supporters of Bobby Coleman, a candidate running against incumbent Ivey Hines in Ward II, holding signs near precinct 17 on Tuesday Some supporters of Bobby Coleman, a candidate running against incumbent Ivey Hines in Ward II, holding signs near precinct 17 on Tuesday
Ginger Nickerson, Election Supervisor Ginger Nickerson, Election Supervisor
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The polls have closed across southwest Georgia, and now officials will tally the results for the winners.

In Albany, voters are deciding whether Albany City Commissioners Ivey Hines and Christopher Pike will keep their seats.

Turnout was been light in most places.  Precinct three at Covenant Presbyterian Church had one of the highest turnouts among the ten precincts open in Albany. 

Voters with signs in support of their favorite candidates were all over town Tuesday.  And their message was clear. 

"It's very important, you know, because the people need to get out and voice their opinion," said Betty J. Covin, Albany Resident / Voter.

And those who cast their ballots at the polls felt the same. 

"I think as a citizen and as a registered voter, we should be able to get the word out to who ever is representing us...what we need to have changed in the city," said Gloria Carter, Albany Resident / Voter.  

"There are a lot of people who don't get out and vote, thinking, oh it's not gonna go the way I want it.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  I just stress to people that if you want your voice heard, that's the only...that's the best you can do it," said Krissy Waller, Albany Resident / Voter. 

But despite the strong feelings, only 258 ballots (181 early votes and 77 absentee ballots) were cast during early voting out of more than 11,000 registered voters in wards two and three. 

"It's still an election, you still get to pick an elected official to represent you.  It is on a local level.  These are people that live in Albany that you can actually have contact with on a more personal basis than for somebody who is in Washington D.C.," said Ginger Nickerson, Election Supervisor.

Commissioner Bob Langstaff is running unopposed in Ward V, but Commissioners Ivey Hines and Christopher Pike each face two challengers.

"We have 2 races, but when you have three individuals running for a race, it's a potential number for a runoff.  So we may possibly not decide these two today," said Nickerson. 

Many voters wouldn't say who they voted for.  But others feel confident election night is their candidates night.

"Yes it is, it's gonna be his year," said Covin. 

The election supervisor said turnout has probably been slow because this is not a mayoral election.  But she says casting a ballot is still important.

If a runoff does happen, it will be held on December third.

The polls will be open till 7 o'Clock.  Call the Dougherty County Voter Registration office at (229) 431-3247 to find out where your polling place is.

 

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