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Early Voter Turnout Set to Surpass Last Midterm Primary | Local News

The number of voters who cast ballots in the first week of early voting exceeds the total number of early votes cast in 2018 during the previous midterm primary.

Glynn County voters cast a total of 1,940 ballots as advance polls closed on Friday, according to deputy election and registration supervisor Christina Redden. This figure represents nearly 3% of registered voters.

In the 2018 midterm primary, a total of 3,448 voters cast ballots during the three weeks of early voting, or 6.72% of the electorate that year.

“We have also already accepted approximately the same total number of absentee ballots as accepted in 2018,” Redden said.

That year, 147 ballots were cast by mail in the entire primary.

New voting laws passed in 2021 changed the deadline for absentee ballot applications. Friday is the last day to request an absentee ballot for the May 24 primaries.

While voter turnout is expected to surpass that of 2018, the upcoming presidential election will be a big hurdle for a variety of reasons, she said.

“The state sent out all of these absenteeism requests in 2020, so we had extraordinary turnout in the mail that impacted early voter turnout,” Redden said. “I think turnout is generally slightly better than 2018, but I don’t see any indicators of significant increases in turnout beyond explainable population growth.”

The county’s three early voting locations are 1815 Gloucester St. in Brunswick; the Ballard Community Building, 30 Nimitz Drive in Brunswick; and Fire Station No. 2, 1929 Demere Road, St. Simons Island.

Early voting ends May 20.

Weekday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday will be early voting day next weekend. The first was last Saturday.