published Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

North Georgia primary election turnout mixed

In North Georgia counties where early voting records doubled and tripled, turnout today has been mixed, elections officials say.

Walker County turnout was lower then normal, except in Chickamauga where turnout was high with more than 400 votes by noon, officials said. In early voting, numbers were high specifically for popular races such as the sole commissioner contest between Bebe Heiskell and Paul Shaw.

In Whitfield County, turnout was “fairly light” this morning, election technician Carol Byers said.

“It rained this morning, but we’re hoping it will pick up around 5,” she said.

In Dade County, there wasn’t a higher-than-normal influx of people, officials said.

But in early voting, numbers were high, as many voters came out for the sheriff’s race in which three Republican candidates and one Democratic candidate are trying to beat out incumbent Sheriff Patrick Cannon.

No one was available for comment this afternoon in Catoosa County.

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about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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