As of the end of the day Wednesday, 298 Cherokee County voters have cast their ballots, according to the county’s election’s office.
The first day of early voting Tuesday saw just 151 residents cast their ballots, and Wednesday another 147 voted. So far, 126 have voted in Canton’s municipal election, and just five have voted in Ball Ground’s.
The Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration reported 60 of the 151 ballots were from Canton residents.
The elections warehouse, formerly the headquarters of the elections office on Main Street in Canton, saw the most turnout Tuesday with 83 voters, according to a Cherokee Elections report. Thirty nine voters showed up to the county’s Bluffs administration building, and 29 voted at the South Annex in Woodstock. The warehouse again saw the most turnout Wednesday with 82 early voters, followed by 36 at the Bluffs administration building and 29 at the South Annex in Woodstock.
Anne Dover, director at the elections and voter registration office, said she hopes to see more voters soon.
“Voter turnout is very difficult to predict when it is not a major election year,” Dover told the Tribune via email. “Hopefully, we will have an increase in turnout in the coming days.”
On the ballot, Cherokee County voters are asked whether to approve the local school system’s Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for another five years. The $290 million 2023-2027 Ed-SPLOST, if voters approve it, will include new replacement schools and other capital projects.
In Ball Ground, residents have multiple candidates for three city council seats on the ballot: Post 3, Post 4 and Post 5. Five candidates qualified for Post 3: Vicki Benefield, Darrell McNeal, Mark Popham, Cory Cooper and Adam Humphreys. In Post 4, incumbent John Byrd is running against Kristine Rogers. In Post 5, three candidates are running: Charles Jenkins, Dennis Nelson and Ben Reilly.
In Canton, residents are being asked to vote on whether to allow liquor package sales in city limits. There are also three city council candidates, all unopposed, on the ballot: incumbents Sandra McGrew and Will Carlan, and Dwayne Waterman.
Early voting is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-15, Oct. 18-22 and Oct. 25-29, at three locations in Cherokee County: the Elections Warehouse (400 E. Main St., Canton); The Bluffs/Northside Cherokee Conference Center (1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton); South Cherokee Annex (7545 Main Street Building 200, Woodstock). Saturday voting will also be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23.