Turnout during the early voting period for the July 22 runoff was on par with turnout during the May primary in Hall County.
Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee reports close to 2,600 ballots were cast during early voting this month, with another 450 absentee ballots returned.
About 97 percent of voters have cast ballots in the Republican runoff races, which include a Hall County school board post and a U.S. Senate seat.
During the May primary, 2,622 votes were cast during early voting, Sosebee said.
Sosebee said she expects about 11 percent of registered voters in Hall County to cast ballots in the runoff, though she’s hoping turnout might surprise her and inch toward 15 percent.
Less than 20 percent of voters cast ballots in the May primary.
Concerns about turnout have been raised in several notable races, most especially the contest between David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah.
Seeking the Republican nomination for the state’s U.S. Senate race, both Perdue and Kingston have said turnout will be crucial to their chances of winning.
Each may get a boost if local voters turn out for the Hall County school board race between incumbent Brian Sloan and political novice Mark Pettitt.
University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock said having hotly contested local races helps spur turnout.
“Voters take more interest,” he said.