Polls close; vote turnout mixed

Voting in today’s District 1 runoff election for the Augusta Commission was generally slow, Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said.

“It’s been light. I think we’ll still hold to our estimation of 10 to 20 percent turnout,” she said this afternoon, adding that it was harder so far to narrow it down more than that.

As the door were closed at Julian Smith Casino, where two precincts vote, poll managers said almost 700 had voted out of 2,800 registered.

Shortly before 6 p.m., a lighter voting trend was evident at the Dyess Park precinct.

Poll manager Fonda Brooks said about 180 of the precinct's 1,300 voters had shown up today.

Meanwhile at Eastview Recreation Center, about 440 of the precinct's approximate 2,000 voters had voted by 6 p.m., according to poll manager Betty Griffin.

Voting, which had been slow in the early-morning hours, picked up around lunchtime, then slowed again by the afternoon, Mrs. Bailey said. She said she expects voting to pick up some before the polls close at 7 p.m.

She said voting has been busiest at Julian Smith Casino, where two precincts vote, and Eastview. She said those locations were on pace to match their numbers from the November election.

“The other areas seem to be rather sluggish,” Mrs. Bailey said.

The District 1 race pits Matt Aitken against William “Bill” Fennoy. If Mr. Aitken wins, it would break the commission’s racial split and give white commissioners a 6-4 advantage for the first time since county and city government consolidated in 1996.

PRECINCTS

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

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