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Early voting turnout keeps level of local interest in presidential race a mystery
Numbers on par with 2012, 2008 numbers
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Georgia presidential primary

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 1

Where: Polling precincts throughout the county


Early voting

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Feb. 26

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville


Saturday voting

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20

Where: Hall County Government Center; North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville; Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

More info: www.hallcounty.org/249/Elections


Election 2016 dates

Feb. 20: Nevada Democratic caucuses; South Carolina Republican primary

Feb. 23: Nevada Republican caucuses

Feb. 27: South Carolina Democratic primary

March 1: Georgia primary, plus contests in 13 other states

April 26: Voter registration deadline for state primary

May 24: Georgia state primary (for congressional and local offices); early voting starts May 2, runoff date July 26

July 18-21: Republican convention, Cleveland

July 25-28: Democratic convention, Philadelphia

Oct. 11: Registration deadline for general election

Oct. 17: Early voting begins for general election

Nov. 8: Election Day

Early voting in Hall County during the first week of the 2016 presidential primary was on par with turnout in 2012 and 2008.

This information reveals little about just how many voters will show up to the polls on Super Tuesday on March 1.

According to Hall County Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee, 904 voters cast ballots this past week.

In the 2012, 3,125 voters during the entire early voting period, and 3,274 voters took advantage of Early/Advance in 2008.

Total turnout in the 2012 primary was 28.95 percent versus 44.34 percent in 2008.

Sosebee said she expects turnout this year to be closer to what was seen eight years ago.

Early voting, however, could lag as candidates drop out of the race over the next two weeks.

Since the New Hampshire primary last Tuesday, for example, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina have dropped out of the Republican race.

Voters in South Carolina and Nevada hold a primary and caucus before Georgia gets its chance next month along with 13 other states.


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