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Officials concerned over voter apathy

Despite a packed Primary Election. voter turnout has been low lately. (Source: WALB) Despite a packed Primary Election. voter turnout has been low lately. (Source: WALB)
In Dougherty County, only about one-third of the number of early voters expected have cast a ballot. (Source: WALB) In Dougherty County, only about one-third of the number of early voters expected have cast a ballot. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty County's Election Supervisor Ginger Nickerson (Source: WALB) Dougherty County's Election Supervisor Ginger Nickerson (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Despite a packed Primary Election. voter turnout has been low lately.

In Dougherty County, only about one-third of the number of early voters expected have cast a ballot.

Low turnout is a statewide trend right now.

Dougherty County's Election Supervisor Ginger Nickerson expected about 3,000 voters in three weeks of early voting. At the close of business Monday, there were only 1,077 voters.

Nickerson said she also saw a lower than expected turnout during the presidential race.

"It is like a consistent trend, but on a downward spiral, which is not good. We know everybody doesn't want to vote in advance, not everyone wants to vote by mail, but with the options, we have enough citizens to take advantage of each one of the processes and still have good numbers," said Nickerson.

Right now, there are two places in Dougherty County to vote early, the Elections Office inside the Government Center and at the RiverFront Resource Center. Both locations are on Pine Avenue.

Early voting ends Friday at 5 p.m.

Election Day is Tuesday, May 22.

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