Advance voting is underway for Augusta’s district 7 run-off — between commissioner Hap Harris and Sean Frantom.
Out of more than 14-and a half thousand registered voters, only 19-hundred cast ballots in the March 17th special election — only 113 of those did so at the Municipal Building’s community room, designed for early voting.
Because turnout for the runoff is expected to be poor, the community room is not being used for early voting this go around.
Voters are now be directed to the Elections office on the fifth floor.
The reason elections officials say the reason is to hold down the costs of holding the runoff.
“The law does require that you have to have three people on staff at all times when voting is going on and rather than hiring extra staff to man the room when the turnout is expected to be a little lower that we would do it in our office where we would always have staff on hand here in our office,” says Assistant Elections Director Travis Doss.
The Board of Elections says they’ll save $3,000 over the next two weeks by not using the room for advance voting.
With the second week of Advanced voting taking place during Masters Week the office will not closing at five instead of six as it has in the past for the last week of early voting,
The runoff will take place Tuesday April 14th.