White County records 5,422 votes in early voting

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Pollsters say high turnouts in Georgia’s rural counties will benefit Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his campaign against Democrat Stacey Abrams to become the state’s next governor. Early voting ended Friday and if White County is a barometer, the Republican is in great shape.

Election Supervisor Lisa Manning reports that nearly 5,000 new voters have registered since the 2014 midterm election and 5,422 votes were cast during the three-week advance voting session, compared to only 2,277 in 2014. Also, 480 absentee ballots have been returned compared to 300 in 2014.

The two candidates are setting fundraising records, with Kemp reporting nearly $21 million compared to Abrams. However, as of Oct. 25, Abrams had $4.2 million remaining, compared to Abrams $3.9 million. That could be a significant factor in a race that most experts say, at this point, is too close to call.

 

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White County early voting turnout triples 2014 midterm election

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Lisa Manning

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Voters all across Georgia rushed to polling places in what appears to be record numbers during the first week of in-person, early voting last week and White County was no exception.

Statewide, nearly three times as many people (482,435) voted last week compared with the last midterm election according to a report by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

White County Chief Registrar Lisa Manning reported that 1,661 votes were cast last week compared to only 433 during the first week of advanced voting during the last midterm election in 2014. She added that 500 absentee ballots were mailed.

It is difficult to say whether White County voters were more motivated by what appears to be a very close and increasingly bitter race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams for governor or national issues like control of the U.S. House and Senate, illegal immigration and the farcical hearing for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In-person early voting in Georgia will continue for two more weeks until Nov. 2, including at least one Saturday, Oct. 27. Election Day is Nov. 6 when polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The website Georgia Votes reports that about 61 percent of early voters so far are white and 29 percent are black. Almost 30 percent of early voters didn’t cast a ballot in 2014.

Despite the large number of voters, Manning said voting went smoothly all five days with very few glitches.

 

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Trump, Isakson and Bryson Win Election

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Chief Voter Registrar Lisa Manning said last week that White County could have massive turnout of more than 80 percent for Tuesday’s general Presidential Election. She certainly had  her finger on the pulse of the county. There are 14,669 active registered voters in White County and 11,952 or 81,5 percent cast ballots.

As expected in this Republican-dominated county, Republican Donald Trump overwhelmed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 9751 to 1,538.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson defeated his Democrat challenger Jim Barksdale, 9,204 to 1,538.

Incumbent Dist. 2 Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols rolled up 9,576 votes to defeat Eric Hoskins who registered 1,585 votes.

In the only county race, Charles Bryson ousted incumbent District 2 Board of Education Commissioner Brock Pulliam 5,331 to 5,033.

Voters also approved Sunday sales of distilled spirits by the drink for on-premises sale, sales of distilled spirits by the drink and package sales of malt beverages and wine on Sunday.

Amendment 1, which allows the state to take control of what it deems to be “failed” schools, failed 7,022 to 4,428. Amendment 3, which allows the appointment of a Judicial Qualifications Commission was defeated, 6,873 to 3,746.

Amendment 2, which authorizes penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victims’ services, passed 9.446 to 1,834. Amendment 4, which dedicates revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services and public safety.

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Advanced Voting Slow in White Co. Where Turnout is Less Than 5 Percent

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Advanced voter turnout is slow in White County but Chief Voter Registrar Lisa Manning says it is way ahead of where it was in 2012. But that’s only because there were no contested races in the 2012 General Primary. This year, there are three local races, including sheriff, county commission and school board.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, Chief Voter Registrar Lisa Manning said only 540 ballots had been cast or less than 5 percent of White County’s 13,415 active registered voters.

“The Sheriff’s race is the most heated race,” Manning said. “It’s the one that seems to be drawing the most interest.” Veteran Sheriff Neal Walden is being challenged by Aaron Autry

In the District 4 County Commission race, incumbent Craig Bryant will face Shawn Henderson. In the Board of Education race, incumbent Kendyl Brock Hunter is being challenged by Missy Jarrard.

There is also an election for Ninth District Congress where incumbent Doug Collins of Gainesville has angered many conservatives when he voted for President Barack Obama’s Omnibus bill and supported John Boehner for Speaker of the House. As a result, he has drawn four challengers in former 10th District Congressman Paul Broun, Lanier Tea Part Patriots founder Mike Scupin, White County educator Roger Fitzpatrick and retired Army and National Guard Brigadier General Bernie Fontaine.

The lone state race on the ballot is for State Senate where incumbent Steve Gooch,who many consider an “establishment Republican,” is being challenged for re-election in the 51st District by John Williamson, co-founder of the Gilmer County Tea Party.

Advanced voting takes place at the Mauney Building, 1241 Helen Highway between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday voting will take place tomorrow.

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