More than 11,000 Glynn County residents showed up at the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the runoff election races.

The Glynn County Board of Elections office counted 11,129 votes cast, which is nearly 21 percent of the county’s registered voters.

About 3,780 ballots were cast in person during early voting, said Chris Channell, assistant supervisor of the local Board of Elections.

The runoff ballot featured statewide races for Secretary of State and Public Safety Commissioner.

Republican Brad Raffensperger defeated Democrat John Barrow to serve as the next Secretary of State and replace Gov.-elect Brian Kemp. Raffensperger received about 65 percent of the votes in Glynn County, while Barrow earned about 35 percent.

Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton won the race for a seat on the Public Safety Commission against Democrat Lindy Miller.

Eaton earned about 65 percent of votes in Glynn County, while Miller earned 35 percent.

Absentee ballots are still trickling in to the local Board of Election office, Channell said, and will be accepted until Friday if postmarked for Dec. 4.

During early voting, which began Nov. 26 and wrapped up Nov. 30, board of elections officials counted 721 absentee ballots coming in.

UOCAVA, or Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting, ballots will also be accepted through Friday, Channell said.

Twenty-seven provisional ballots have also been counted.

During the midterm election voting periods, Glynn County saw higher voter turnout that the county typically sees for the midterms.

Channell said some polling places were busier than expected Tuesday as well.

“Some of the poll stations were busier than we expected, and some were about what we expected,” he said. "That just depended on where they were at.”

Some polling places in Glynn County had turnout as high as more than 30 percent of registered voters, while others saw much lower turnout. More than 37 percent of registered voters assigned to the Sterling Church of God polling place came out to vote, according to a Board of Election report, giving that polling place the highest turnout.

“It probably would have been a little bit more active, had there been a local candidate on this ballot,” Channell said. “But still, the Secretary of State was a big race. That’s probably what drove turnout.”

The next Board of Elections meeting will take place Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at the board office, located at 1815 Gloucester St. in Brunswick.

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