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Strong early voting turnout continues in Dawson County
Saturday early voting 2020
A few of more than 400 voters who lined up at the Dawson County Board of Elections building in downtown Dawsonville on Saturday, Oct. 24 during advance voting. Photo submitted.

Over the last two weeks of advance voting, more than 8,000 people cast their ballots in Dawson County.

According to Dawson County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Director Glenda Ferguson, 463 voters came out to the polls during the Saturday voting session on Oct. 24 and 574 votes were cast on Monday, bringing the total up to 8,358 ballots cast so far in the 2020 Presidential Election.

With absentee ballots the office has received so far, nearly half of the 21,000 active registered voters in Dawson County, 10,060 voters, have already cast a ballot, Ferguson said. 

In 2016, 81% of active Dawson County voters cast a ballot, but considering this election’s energy and increased turnout, Ferguson said they are expecting that number to rise for the 2020 election. 

“It’s gone really well and we expect it to continue,” Ferguson said. 

Early voting will last throughout this week until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24.  

On Election Day, Nov. 3, all polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those voting on Election Day will report to their assigned precinct. The Dawson County Precincts are: 

  • West: Dawson County Fire Station #6 at 2142 Hubbard Road, Dawsonville. 

  • Central: Dawson County Board of Elections and Registration Office at 96 Academy Avenue, Dawsonville. 

  • East: Dawson County EMS Station #2 at 145 Liberty Drive, Dawsonville.

Ferguson said that considering the fast approach of election day and delays to mail being sent through the post office, voters should be aware that they can drop off their absentee ballot in the red “absentee ballot drop box” at the Board of Elections and Voter Registration office in Dawsonville. Voters can also choose to have their absentee ballot canceled and vote in person, either during early voting and on election day. 

Voters should be aware that the absentee ballot dropbox will close at 7 p.m. on election day, she said. 

For more information on voting in Dawson County, visit the Board of Elections and Voter Registration website at www.dawsoncounty.org/elections or call (706) 344-3640.