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Light turnout predicted for District 1 runoff

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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.

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Matt Aitken holds his daughter, Cecilia, 3, during a campaign stop at Hal Powell Apartments.  Mr. Aitken has maintained the fundraising lead he established before the Nov. 3 election.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Matt Aitken holds his daughter, Cecilia, 3, during a campaign stop at Hal Powell Apartments. Mr. Aitken has maintained the fundraising lead he established before the Nov. 3 election.

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 erin.zureick@augustachronicle.com.

THE PRECINCTS

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.

ACCEPTABLE ID

- 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

EARLY VOTES

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.

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smartie
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smartie 12/01/09 - 02:09 am
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10-20% ?? are you kidding me?

10-20% ?? are you kidding me? i swear! i think the whole county should be able to vote in each district. the higher class people are obviously smarter, and would be better at picking a candidate for this district.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/01/09 - 04:54 am
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The law that should have been

The law that should have been passed when welfare was instituted is that anyone on government subsidy (as opposed to benefit) shouldn't be able to register to vote. It's pretty easy to buy a vote using money confiscated from someone else.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 12/01/09 - 05:20 am
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I agree -- voting is a

I agree -- voting is a privilege & not a right -- it should be earned through contribution to society -- the ability to produce through work & payment of taxes -- the only exception should be those unable to because of health or medical reasons -- when the Constitution was implemented a person had to be a property owner to vote -- this meant someone was invested in the process -- today, little value is put on a vote and few do the research necessary ro make an educated decision instead "selling" their vote through blind commitment or economic greed -- still, we have the best system of government in the world and I am in the Philippines as i write this -- bud I did cast an absentee vote before I left Augusta

TechLover
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TechLover 12/01/09 - 07:27 am
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thewiz:You left out that when

thewiz:You left out that when the Constitution was implemented, you also had to be white and male. Also, thanks to the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th and Amendments, voting IS a right to all citizens who are 18. Also, not related, yahoo has a breaking news alert that says the Seattle police shot and killed the cop killer suspect. I may be overlooking it, but I haven't seen anything in the AC yet.

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 12/01/09 - 07:49 am
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White & male is where all of

White & male is where all of the action was in the 18th century -- but as indentured servants I had white male ancestors who came from Europe who weren't allowed to vote either -- the good thing about our Constitution and our country is that it is flexible enough to make significant corrections without violent military action -- unlike the changes in government that have taken place here in the Philippines over the years -- I enjoy being here but it makes me appreciate even more living in Augusta --the good thing about the internet is the ability to connect anywhere in the world very quickly -- when it works --haven't heard anything about the cop killer yet

jb5365
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jb5365 12/01/09 - 08:03 am
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He`s dead. I`d trade places

He`s dead. I`d trade places for the Phillipines if it weren`t for the storms and weird folks...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/01/09 - 08:03 am
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The more taxes you pay the

The more taxes you pay the more votes you should get. Those paying the money should have the biggest voice on how it is spent.

devontaekelly
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devontaekelly 12/01/09 - 08:28 am
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Dead on Johnston, I agree.

Dead on Johnston, I agree.

TechLover
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TechLover 12/01/09 - 08:35 am
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Fortunately, we are a

Fortunately, we are a constitutional republic, not an oligarchy.

TechLover
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TechLover 12/01/09 - 09:11 am
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Or a plutocracy.

Or a plutocracy.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/01/09 - 09:59 am
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Tech, certainly you are in

Tech, certainly you are in tune enough to know that we are very much a plutocracy. We claim we are a democratic republic. But, not so much.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 12/01/09 - 10:08 am
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Why don't we just let all of

Why don't we just let all of the Billionaires get together and vote on every thing. Since they are the wealthiest of us all?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/01/09 - 10:15 am
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ispy4u, we do. We call it

ispy4u, we do. We call it "lobbying" instead of voting.

butler123
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butler123 12/01/09 - 10:35 am
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wow, 10%. From what I read on

wow, 10%. From what I read on here, this is a really crappy district. I guess it's no wonder, judging by the voter turn out, it looks like no one cares about it.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 12/01/09 - 10:55 am
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without butch on the ballot

without butch on the ballot why bother?

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 12/01/09 - 11:07 am
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Mr. Fennoy's campaign staff

Mr. Fennoy's campaign staff doesn't look very diverse from the picture.

devontaekelly
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devontaekelly 12/01/09 - 11:36 am
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It's called APATHY!!!

It's called APATHY!!!

devontaekelly
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devontaekelly 12/01/09 - 11:38 am
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Looks like "Woody" got

Looks like "Woody" got "aholt" of ol fennoy---Is that a black eye?

whyme
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whyme 12/01/09 - 12:07 pm
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Uh, doesn't it also mean that

Uh, doesn't it also mean that if Mr. Fennoy wins, he will break the 5-5 balance of white/black too? Personally I wouldn't care if the 10 commissioners were all black, all white, all pink, if only they'd get something done! As it is, the 5-5 situation hasn't worked-both races deliberately sabotage the other for the sake of race and not for the sake of real concerns. I say get rid of them all...

Aliyah
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Aliyah 12/01/09 - 12:51 pm
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It's ashame the people in

It's ashame the people in distric 1 You can make a difference in Augusta,A vote for Fennoy is the same old stuff nothing getting done.Aitken a change and Augusta moves forward.Please make differance.I am in district 2 I can't vote but would if I could.

devontaekelly
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devontaekelly 12/01/09 - 01:08 pm
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whyme, right now it is 5-4

whyme, right now it is 5-4 until this race is decided! DUH!

faithson
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faithson 12/01/09 - 01:33 pm
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understand that voting at my

understand that voting at my precinct 101 has been pretty steady all day... hope others are doing as well... sure glad to see Butch support Matt, even got a robo call from Butch for Matt.. way to go Butch, being a team player will boad well for you and your Harrisburg friends..

CarlA
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CarlA 12/01/09 - 02:16 pm
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A low turnout will probably

A low turnout will probably mean bad news for Fennoy!

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/01/09 - 02:31 pm
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No rock star AA's to vote for

No rock star AA's to vote for = no reason to go vote. We don't see any Fennoy T-shirts... no fancy logos... no promises of free services... why else would the AA's go vote?

TechLover
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TechLover 12/01/09 - 02:42 pm
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Don't have a dog in this one

Don't have a dog in this one but, if Fennoy wins it's more of the same. If Aitken wins it's $$$$ for Billy and the Osbons. The status quo might be better.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/01/09 - 02:58 pm
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Oh yes, making money is so

Oh yes, making money is so evil, otherwise everyone would want to do it instead of stealing from the productive.

TechLover
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TechLover 12/01/09 - 03:10 pm
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RIP: I don't give rat's's

RIP: I don't give rat's's patootie if they make money or not. The problem is they're making money off the taxpayers of Augusta, or at least trying to. Remember the "Billy Barn" idea? The TEE center is no different. If all their building is such a great idea, let them do it on their own, with their own money. As you put it, they're "stealing from the productive" taxpayers of Augusta. They're just doing for millions.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/01/09 - 03:22 pm
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Yet you endorse the theft of

Yet you endorse the theft of the wealthy citizen's hard earned spoils to support those who are bereft of ambition. Your envy shows with each and every post with which you disgrace this site. If you were consistent, you'd also rail against the spending of taxpayer money to support the "needy". It's okay with you to spend taxpayer money, but only on what YOU think is right. Think of the TEE as "welfare for downtown", I'm sure you'll enjoy the taste better.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/01/09 - 03:41 pm
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Sure, forget the jobs created

Sure, forget the jobs created by a TEE. Forget the taxes generated by those jobs. Forget the taxes generated by the conventioners. Forget the infrastructure improvements the TEE will necessitate. Forget the positive effect of a TEE on downtown crime. Just focus on those evil rich people who will profit.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/01/09 - 08:21 pm
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The whole reason why America

The whole reason why America had the Revolution and broke away from England was because the rich people, that had all the money, ran things. Americans didn't think that was right, remember? And since laws apply to everybody, shouldn't everyone have the right to choose their lawmakers? RIPAmerica- how are the proposed TEE center jobs any different than Wal-Mart jobs, fast food restaurants, and other low-paying service industry jobs? Those places are hiring, their sales and profits are rising. A one-time, short-term, temporary construction job doesn't benefit Augusta.

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