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November 5--  Candidates in tomorrow's general election have been saying all along that turnout is the key to victory. It appears there could be a record turnout for a mid-term election if advance voting is an indicator.

Voting officials across the state and in our area are reporting a high volume of in-person advance voting the past three weeks.

Toombs County Election Supervisor Carey Alligood reports nearly a third of the county's 15,700 registered voters have already voted and more than 800 absentee ballots have been mailed.

"We actually had more people come through the office this year than we did in 2016 and we mailed out more absentee ballots than we did for the presidential race.  Everybody is wanting to get out and be heard.  Everybody has a lot of strong opinions about everything that's going on and they want to get in here and vote," she said.

Alligood has also noticed more  younger voters are showing up, "Our young people are turning out and that's great.  Usually that our lowest rate of turnout, the 20 and 30-year-olds, but we've seen a lot of them come through interested in voting this time, so that's really good."

In Montgomery County, 27% of the county's 5,175 voters voted in advance and 250 absentee ballots were mailed.

In Treutlen County, more than 40% of the county's 4,000 registered votes voted in advance and 180 absentee ballots were mailed.

The absentee ballots have to be returned to voting officials by seven p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted.

National, state and local results will be reported throughout Tuesday evening on Your Favorite, 98Q (FM 97,7), NewsTalk WVOP, AM 970 and FM 105.3 and Sweet Onion Country 1017 FM.


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