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Election Officials: Voting a huge success in Dawson County despite new machines, COVID-19
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Short lines of Dawson County voters waited outside the Dawson County Elections and Registrations office throughout the afternoon on Tuesday, June 9. - photo by Jacob Smith

Election day in Dawsonville was a huge success, according to Board of Elections and Registrations Director Glenda Ferguson.

“We’ve had a steady stream of people,” Ferguson said with just a few hours left to go until polls closed on Tuesday. “It’s been very steady, very good. We haven’t had any major issues that I’m aware of.”

Aside from having to adjust the power in a few of the new touch screen voting, neither precinct had any technical issues at all, Ferguson said. 

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, over 1,700 people had voted in person and upwards of 3,500 absentee ballots had been submitted to the Dawson County Election Office. Ferguson said that they had to open up more voting units at the election office because of the crowds that turned out. 

Just before the polls closed, a rush of voters wrapped outside of the office doors, but poll volunteers moved quickly to make sure that the line was gone in as quick of a time as possible, Ferguson said. 

Despite concerns about COVID-19, voters at the polls expressed their determination to vote in person. 

“I voted in person today because I thought it would be a cool way to use my rights as an American citizen,” Dawsonville native Blaine Thomason said. “I wanted the full process and I wanted to support the people I believe will bring justice to Dawson County.”