Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Slow Days Faced Poll Workers in Glynn; Only 66 Votes Were Cast in a Week of Early Voting for Two State Judgeships

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Slow Days Faced Poll Workers in Glynn; Only 66 Votes Were Cast in a Week of Early Voting for Two State Judgeships

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON and GORDON JACKSON

Poll workers were busy at Glynn County's Office Park in Brunswick on the last day of early voting in Tuesday's runoff for two state judgeships.

But they weren't processing voters. They were putting together provisional voting packages in case they're needed Tuesday.

As of 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, they had seen only 66 voters in the runoff between Justice David Nahmias and family law attorney Tamela Adkins for Nahmias' seat on the state Supreme Court and the runoff for a state Court of Appeals position between lawyers Toni Davis of Marietta and Chris McFadden of Griffin.

Because the races are non-partisan, there is no party get-out-the-vote effort and, because judicial canons limit what candidates can say, there has been little said to raise voter interest. Because today and Friday are holidays, early voting ended Wednesday after a week.

Glynn County poll workers Bill Heaney, Leah Hopkins and Stephanie Atkinson said they would prefer being busy with voters.

"It's more fun when you're busy," Hopkins said. "I like those days when you can't lift your head from the computer."

That was Hopkins' experience in early voting at a St. Simons precinct for the general election. At that and the mainland poll, 66 voters would have been a bad day as both experienced long lines.

Voters 65 and 66, Barbara and John Dieterman, said they never miss a vote.

"Because we know it's important to vote in every election," Barbara Dieterman said.

People who don't think every vote counts don't have John Dieterman's memory.

"When I was in North Dakota in the service, they had a U.S. Senate race decided by seven votes," he said.

And Barbara Dieterman's grandfather once lost a county commission race in Virginia by less than 10 votes.

With 65 voters, Ware County was nearly tied with Glynn County; the participation was worse elsewhere. …

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