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Election workers gear up for Tuesday
Miranda Williamson grabs a few poll signs to give to poll officers as she picks up voting precinct supplies at the Hall County Government Center on Sunday afternoon.

Hall County Elections officials are gearing up for Tuesday’s general primary, with poll managers stopping by the elections office in Gainesville on Sunday to pick up needed equipment.

“They will receive anything that they will use on an election day, from a pencil to an express poll (device to look up a voter’s name),” Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee said. “They’re receiving lunch money for their poll workers, signs that will be posted, voter certificates, any kind of supply they will use.”

Voters across Georgia will select party nominees for U.S. Congress, General Assembly and local offices.

Statewide, residents also will be deciding whether to add a 1 percent sales tax for transportation, but the issue will be decided by a majority vote in 12 designated regions throughout Georgia. Hall County is in the 13-county Georgia Mountains region.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sosebee said that voting machines will be hauled today to voting places from the elections office, which is at 2875 Browns Bridge Road.

“There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work” involved in getting ready for elections, she said.

Terry Valz, poll manager of the Glade precinct at the East Hall Community Building, 3911 P. Davison Road, has election day experience in Hall and Pickens counties.

“I view it as a civic responsibility,” he said. “We need people to do (the work) and it needs to be done properly.”

So far, the primary has drawn a lot of voter interest.

Sosebee said Friday that 6,127 people cast ballots during the early voting period July 9 through Friday.

By comparison, in the 45-day early voting period of the 2008 general primary, Hall had 1,836 voters total. Some 2,000 voted in the first week alone in this year’s primary, Sosebee said.

She projects a voter turnout as high as 35 percent, or about 29,000 of the 82,394 active voters, compared to 14.82 percent who voted in 2008. More realistically, turnout could be about 25 percent, she said.

“I’m being very optimistic,” Sosebee said.