Light turnout predicted for District 1 runoff

Voter turnout in today's District 1 Augusta Commission runoff election is expected to be light, although recent tensions could boost the poll numbers, said Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.


Mrs. Bailey said she expects about a 10 percent turnout but said that number could go as high as 20 percent if candidates Matt Aitken and Bill Fennoy can mobilize their voters.

The runoff has drawn notice because a victory by Mr. Aitken would break the 5-5 racial balance that has existed on the commission since the Augusta and Richmond County governments consolidated in the mid-1990s.

In early and advance voting, 294 people cast ballots. The district has 12,574 registered voters.

Registered voters may cast ballots in a runoff even if they did not vote on Election Day.

Voters should be prepared to show one of six forms of identification at their precinct location.

Reach Erin Zureick at (706) 823-3217 or


101 Asbury United Methodist Church, 1305 Troupe St.

102 Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Ave.

103 Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd.

104 Eastview Recreation Center, 644 Aiken St.

105 Second Mount Moriah Church, 1404 Brown St.

106 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

107 Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

108 Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way

109 May Park, 708 Fourth St.

110 Peabody Apartments, 1452 Walton Way

111 Paine College Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, 1235 Druid Park Ave.

112 St. John's Towers, 724 Greene St.

113 May Park, 708 Fourth St.


- A Georgia driver's license

- A valid voter identification card or other valid ID card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of Georgia, other state or the U.S. authorized by law to issue ID containing a photo

- A valid U.S. passport

- A valid employee ID card containing a photo and issued by any entity of the U.S. government, Georgia or any county, municipality, board, authority or state entity

- A valid U.S. military ID card containing a photo

- A valid tribal ID card containing a photo


In two weeks of early voting, 294 people cast ballots, and 111 absentee ballots had been received as of Friday, according to a report from Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey.

Of that 405:

- 98 (24.2%) are from Precinct 104, the strongest majority-black precinct

- 64 (15.8%) are from 107, the strongest majority-white precinct

Other precincts:

- 103 (majority black): 54 votes

- 101 (majority white): 49 votes

- 112 (majority white): 30 votes

The report does not reflect the voters' race or which candidate was chosen.