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Almost two weeks into advance voting, Board of Elections officials report low voter turnout

Advanced voting for the Dawsonville Municipal Election is nearing the close of its second week, and according to Board of Elections officials the voter turnout so far has been lower than in past years. 

Glenda Ferguson, Dawson County Board of Elections director, said as of midday on Thursday, Oct. 21, 65 city residents had cast their votes in person and one absentee ballot had been returned by mail. 

“It’s been slow; we’re at a total of 65 for all of advanced, in-person voting,” Ferguson said, “and we’ve had about eight requests for absentee ballots by mail and only had one of those returned, so it’s slower than I think it should be.” 

The ballot for this election consists of two Dawsonville City Council seats. The City Council Post 2 seat is between incumbent Will Illg and Mike Sosebee, and the City Council Post 4 seat is between incumbent Mark French and Jamie McCracken. 

Ferguson said for city council elections like this one, the voter turnout is typically lower than it is in other elections. She said that the last election with only council seat up to vote was in 2017 and saw only 282 voters. 

The total number of registered city voters who could vote in this election, Ferguson said, is around 3,044 based on the last poll the Board of Elections took. Ferguson said she and other election officials are hopeful more citizens will come out to cast their votes during advanced voting or on election day. 

Advanced voting for the Dawsonville Municipal Election is from now through Saturday Oct. 23 and Monday Oct. 25 through Friday Oct. 29. Advanced voting will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. 

The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is by Friday Oct. 22. 

Election Day will be on Tuesday Nov. 2, and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Dawson County Board of Elections office is located at 96 Academy Avenue in Dawsonville. 

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