Glynn County Board of Elections staff say early voting turnout for the primary election, which started Monday, is on its way to matching the turnout for the 2014 midterm primary elections, which was weak.
As of Thursday, Elections and Registration Supervisor Monica Couch said 590 people had voted in person.
So far, the board of elections has issued 250 Democratic ballots and 356 Republican ballots, Couch said. Nonpartisan ballots, which include races, straw polls and other items not exclusive to a political party, account for the remaining 84 ballots.
So far, the polling places have suffered no significant equipment failures or power outages and lines have been moving quickly, but turnout in the first week was lower than in previous years.
Out of 44,138 registered voters, 10,883 votes were cast in the 2014 midterm elections. Early voting accounted for 2,821 of them, Couch said. Lowndes and Camden counties, on the other hand, saw larger than usual turnout.
“(Glynn County’s turnout) is kind of on the weaker side. I called to ask an administrative questions to a counterpart in Lowndes and they just said ‘we’re so busy,’” Couch said.
Couch encouraged everyone to vote, and said there are a variety of ways to submit a ballot.
Aside from voting in person, a voter can request the board mail a ballot to them. The ballot will need to be turned in to the board of elections’ office by hand, and the board prefers the voter who filled out the ballot be the one to do it.
Voters have until May 18 to apply for a ballot, and have to turn the ballot in by 7 p.m. the day of the election.
Early voting and voting by mail makes the lines shorter and helps the board of elections staff keep up with all the work, Couch said. Voters who are registered but inactive can still vote, Couch added.
“It’s easy to vote,” Couch said.
Early voting is underway, and will continue until May 18 in the board of elections office in the Office Park Building, 1815 Gloucester St., in Brunswick, and Glynn County Fire Department Fire Station No. 2, 1929 Demere Road on St. Simons Island. Both will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until May 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday on May 12 only.
For more information on early voting or voter registration, call the board of elections at 912-554-7060. The deadline for the May 22 primary has passed, but citizens can still register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election until Oct. 9.