PRIMARY: Voter turn-out normal for primary election

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Wilkes County voters are preparing to cast their ballots in the General Primary/Nonpartisan Election set for Tuesday, May 22.

Board of Elections officials reported that 623 voters have come to cast ballots in person between the Cedartown and Rockmart precincts, and an additional 29 mail-in absentee ballots have been sent into their office since the start of early voting. A voter who is registered as affiliated with a specific party may only vote on that party's ballot at the Primary Election.

Voter turnout in Oregon's 2018 Primary Election was the lowest in recorded history.

Sarpy County Election Commissioner Michelle Andahl said the same was true for her county.

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County offices are still counting provisional ballots, which will likely boost the total voter turnout, although Gale acknowledged it will not reach his initial prediction of 28 percent.

The June 5, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary is only weeks away, and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is urging citizens to register to vote.

Early voting comes to a close on Friday, May 18 at 5 p.m. when both polling places close.

Generally, voters are affiliated with a political party when they previously chose to vote in a political party's primary or when they affiliate with a party while registering to vote.

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But poor turnout is a problem throughout the county, along with getting candidates to run for office.

State statute allows for an automatic recount if the margin of votes between candidates is less than 1 percent of the total votes received by the top vote-getter. We connected to other states like Arizona.

"You always try to make excuses [for poor turnout], like we just went through a county race", said Vidor Mayor Robert Viator, who won a 2019 Orange County Commissioners seat in that March 6 primary.

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