Turnout is steady early

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Election officer Liz Toohey said there were people waiting outside the Bellepoint voting precinct when the polls opened at 6 a.m. today.

"It's been pretty good," said Toohey, as she passed out "I voted" stickers to people walking out the door of the Bellepoint Baptist Church.

Nice weather and a close governor's race would likely draw more people to the polls, Toohey said, as would the number of people who get off work to vote.

"We had 38 the first hour," said Toohey. "We usually have a really good turnout here. We had over 40 percent in the last election - within a few votes of 50 percent."

Just before 8 a.m. today, 106 people - out of 901 registered to vote in the district - had voted at Bellepoint, according to election officers at the precinct.

At 7:40 a.m., 56 people out of 539 registered voters had voted at the Coleman-Vogler precinct. By 8:30 a.m., 44 out of 270 people had cast their votes at the Gaines-Holmes precinct in the North Frankfort Fire Station.

Both precincts that vote at the Owenton Road fire station had steady lines of voters this morning.

David Banks, an election official for the Owenton Road precinct, said the turnout in the first two hours was good. "We had them standing in line before 6 o'clock," he said.

By 7:30 a.m., more than 10 percent of the Swallowfield precinct's 552 voters, counting absentee ballots. "We've had a good early turnout," said election official Don Throckmorton.

Meanwhile, at King's Daughters Apartments, where 600 are registered, election officer Debbie Milton reported voter turnout had been steady, though not as high as was expected.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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