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Voters register for primary elections deadline
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Monday was the last day to register to vote in the July 15 Hall County primary elections, and Interim Director of Elections Charlotte Sosebee-Hunter said the elections office saw a steady, but typical, stream of voters in the office.

About 55 people came to register, but Sosebee-Hunter attributed the number to the fact that voters have other options for registration. She said numbers were much higher before 1995, when a number of other options became available for voters.

Now people can register by mail, in person at the office, at the library, the Department of Motor Vehicles and places that offer public assistance like the Division of Family and Children Services.

She said primary elections generally don’t bring out a high volume of voters, but said this year with so many contested races, she thinks more people may turn out.

On the Democratic ticket, the county commission Post 4 is contested. On the Republican ticket, the races for probate judge, clerk of court, tax commissioner and county commission Post 2 are all up for grabs.

Sosebee-Hunter predicts a high turnout for the presidential race in November.

"I think the numbers will be higher," she said. "The preferential primary was much higher."

She said the official number of registered voters will not come out until next week.

"We like good turnouts," she said.