As of 2 p.m. today, just over 400 Winder voters had cast ballots in person at the Winder Community Center. With about 500 others voting previously during the advanced voting period, the turnout for the 2011 mayoral and council elections stood at 900 with five more hours left to vote.
To break the 2007 record turnout of 1,286, another 400 Winder residents would have to cast ballots before the polls close at 7 p.m.
Most of the city's candidates have been standing on a corner in front of the community center property throughout the day and waving to passing motorists. Some of the motorists rolled down their windows and good-naturedly ribbed the candidates. City administrator Don Toms brought the candidates bottles of water just after 2 p.m.
There is no doubt that Winder is the focal point of the elections throughout the county today. Statham's council race at 4:35 p.m. had drawn 120 voters. And interim elections supervisor Monica Franklin reported this sampling of the turnout in county precincts as of 1 p.m.: 122 votes cast at the Winder Lions Club; 80 at County Line Elementary School; 77 at Winder-Barrow High School; and 76 at the Leisure Services Center.
The polls are open until 7 p.m.
Candidates Jim Cooley, Tim Bolt and Larry Evans wave at motorists to encourage them to vote. Mayoral candidate David Maynard, who was the first outside today, takes a break from the sun. Photo by Susan Norman
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