Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Voters in McIntosh, Glynn Eye Runoffs; Officials Predict Low Turnout in Wake of Big General Election Season

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Voters in McIntosh, Glynn Eye Runoffs; Officials Predict Low Turnout in Wake of Big General Election Season

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK, GA. | Voters in McIntosh and Glynn counties - at least the dedicated ones - are back at the polls this week for early voting for the Dec. 4 runoffs of single down-ballot races in each county.

McIntosh voters will choose between Republican Bonnie Caldwell and Democrat Vicky Persons to chair the county Board of Education. Independent April G. Howard pulled enough votes in the November election to deprive either of a majority.

And in Glynn County, Clifford Adams and Sandy Dean are vying for a seat on the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission. Dean and Adams finished one-two in a 10-candidate race for a seat on the newly constituted commission that will now have two elected positions, one city and one county commissioner and two others appointed by the grand jury. The commission now has two county commissioners, two city commissioners and a private citizens.

Real estate agent Ronnie Perry easily won the other at-large seat on Nov. 6.

Come Dec. 4, Glynn County will have about 65 poll workers at its 20 polling places and its headquarters, said Cindy Johnson, executive director of the Board of Elections.

That's about a third the number for the Nov. 6 general election, but it is nonetheless expensive, Johnson said.

"The payroll will be over $10,000, but you have to do it,'' she said.

Glynn County will hold early voting at its Office Park headquarters 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the coming week. McIntosh County started early voting Tuesday, took Thursday and Friday off for the holidays and will open again Monday through Friday this week, county election supervisor Doll Gale said.

Gale said she'll have 16 workers at the polls Dec. 4.

Both Johnson and Gale predicted low turnouts.

Adams and Dean both said it will be hard to get voters back to the polls after an exhausting general election season.

"I'm calling people and having people call people,'' Dean said. "I'm just hoping people still care. There's a problem here, and we need to fix it."

Adams said he's put out a few signs and is advertising a little and calling people. …

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