Although Paulding County election officials hoped this evening’s “rush hour,” may mean a rush to the voting booth for residents who have been at work during the day, the 5 p.m. countywide vote total of 5,040 indicates a small primary turnout, they said.
Paulding County Election and Registration Assistant Supervisor Georgia Penegar said voting usually picks up from 5 until the polls close at 7 p.m. as people vote before going home.
However, she is not expecting a large influx.
“We have 73,000 active voters throughout Paulding and I would love to see each and every one cast a ballot,” she said.
“Voting is a precious privilege we have,” Penegar said.
Although some voting officials believe having the primary this early in the spring would adversely affect voter turnout, Penegar doesn’t share that opinion.
“When primaries were held in July, people taking summer vacations had an impact on voter turnout,” she said.
“I just don’t see voters coming out much for primary elections,” Penegar said.
However, she believes the general election in November will see a larger number of votes cast.