Georgia Sets New Record of Voter Registration For the Primary Elections, Yet Has Slow Turnout On the First Day of Early Voting


AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – Georgians set a new registration record to vote in the presidential primary election. However on the first day of early voting, local Board of Elections Directors say it was a slow day at the polls.

WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman reports on the impact South Carolina’s G.O.P. Presidential Primary could have on Georgia.

In Georgia more than 54,385 people registered or updated their registration information to vote in the Presidential Primary and 37,903 of them are new voters. Yet, on Monday a total of 165 people combined voted in Columbia County and Richmond County.

After the first presidential primary election in New Hampshire all eyes will shift to the Palmetto State.

“It’s known that South Carolina does very well for the candidates and they’re all over the place when they leave New Hampshire.” Marsha Beck, Trump Headquarters Volunteer Coordinator told WJBF News Channel 6.

Augusta University Political Science Professor Craig Albert says, “the South Carolina Primary can help predict how the South will do in the S.E.C. Primary. If people are expecting to do well in the South, but do poorly in South Carolina, they will drop out.”

While, the S.E.C. Primary is organized of 11 states holding elections on March 1st, South Carolina is the “First in the South” and the results from the Palmetto State will impact its neighbors in Georgia.

“For border counties in particular. I think we will see some carry-over,” Richmond County Board of Elections Director Lynn Bailey said.

“Because they are voting on the last two Saturday’s in February, which will also coincide with our February 20th Saturday voting,”  said Nancy Gay, Columbia County Board of Elections Director.

“It’s been stated, not proven that if they win Aiken County they will win the presidency,” Beck said.

The record-setting voter registrations shows an interest in this election. With a ballot of 8 Republicans Candidates and 2 Democratic Candidates the stakes are high in the South. Some front-runners are setting up headquarters locally, while others are planning visits.

“A lot of the energy that we see and feel right now, with this primary for the most part seems to be geared a little bit more towards the Republican primary than towards the Democratic primary. I think that, that will probably change” Bailey told WJBF News Channel 6.

South Carolina’s Republican Primary is on February 20th and Democratic Primary is on February 27th. In Georgia, early voting continues and Election Day is on March 1st.

  • Columbia County:
  • Columbia County Board of Elections Address: 500 Faircloth Dr., Bldg. E
  • Cast your ballot from Feb. 8th – 26th and March 1st
  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Monday – Friday
  • Richmond County:
  • Richmond County Board of Elections Address: 535 Telfair St. Suite 500
  • Cast your ballot from Feb. 8th – 26th and March 1st
  • Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Monday – Friday

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