Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said she expects about 25 percent of Richmond County’s 101,000 registered voters to show up at polls.
The turnout for early voting, which ended Friday, was fairly light, she said. Nearly 2,500 voters cast ballots at early-voting locations. About 1,900 early voters cast ballots in neighboring Columbia County, according to elections officials there.
“Elections of this type typically do not have a large turnout,” Bailey said.
Even so, a full complement of workers will be standing by at the county’s 50 polling stations, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On Monday afternoon, a steady stream of poll managers paraded into the Board of Elections warehouse on Lumpkin Road to pick up supplies. They had to sign for possession of documents and equipment that can’t be left overnight in polling places, including the yellow cards that will allow voters to record their choices electronically, Assistant Director Travis Doss said.
After they checked in, poll managers left with a blue canvas bag loaded with supplies and a dark-gray suitcase that contained the machine that collects votes. Doss said most poll managers were supposed to have their equipment by 5 p.m., but there are always a few stragglers.
“We leave after the last person has picked up,” he said.
Walton McKenney, the poll manager at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, was almost on the stragglers’ list. He came in at about 4 p.m. to pick up equipment.
“I liked to have forgot about this,” said McKenney, who has been poll manager for about 10 years.
McKenney said he was driving on Washington Road when he was suddenly struck by the task left undone.
“I was on my way home and I said, ‘Lord, have mercy, I’ve got to go pick up,’” he said.
Doss said voters need to seek out polling locations for their precincts. Those who have questions should check the Board of Elections Web site or call the office at (706) 821-2340 before they come to polls, he said.