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No snags so far in primary voting

From Staff Reports
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Congressman, John Barrow campaigns at the intersection of Lumpkin and Peach Orchard Rd. in Augusta on Tuesday, July 15, 2008.

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Things were going smoothly this morning in Columbia and Richmond counties in primary voting for a number of state and local candidates.

"The biggest problem we have today is people yelling at us because they have to choose one primary or the other," said Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

Voters may vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary, but not in both. In the race for Richmond County tax commissioner, all three candidates are Democrats.

In Columbia County, elections officials saw what they expected, a small rush of voters headed to the polls before work. The polls opened at 7 a.m. and by 7:30 23 voters visited one precinct.

“That’s almost a voter a minute,” said Nancy Gay, the registration coordinator for the Board of Elections. “It is all going smoothly.”

Mrs. Bailey said turnout in Richmond County was about 25 percent, as expected.

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