Today is the final day of early voting for both the 2011 municipal elections and the countywide special election. And based on the early turnout so far, Election Day in Winder could be one for the record books.
The 438 early votes by Winder residents through Thursday were well over twice the 194 early votes cast in 2007 when Mayor Chip Thompson and his current challenger, Councilman David Maynard, were elected to their first terms.
Winder's strong early turnout also means it is likely that that city’s voters could determine the outcome of the countywide special election on Barrow County's form of government.
Before the final day of early voting, a total of 773 votes had been cast in the countywide special election. In addition to the 438 votes by Winder residents, there were 314 votes by residents of unincorporated Barrow County; 16 votes by Auburn residents, and five votes by residents of Bethlehem. The votes were cast either in person at the Barrow County Board of Elections & Registration or by absentee ballot.
The mayor did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment this week, but Maynard released this statement:
“I would like to urge every able person in Barrow County to vote in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 8th,” he wrote. “Although it is only a local election, it may impact your daily lives more than any state or national election.
“The outcome of this election could change the way in which the City of Winder and Barrow County function. In Winder you have a choice of leadership styles in the Mayor’s office. In Barrow County you have a choice of actually changing the charter. Get informed, get involved and VOTE!”
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