Turnout low for early voting in elections on May 21

About 5,500 people voted early in local nonpartisan elections and partisan primaries in Athens.

The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections reported Monday that 4,828 voters cast ballots in person during the advance voting period that ended Friday. Another 617 absentee ballots have been returned, out of 1,002 ballots requested.

The most popular early voting location was the downtown ACC Elections Office with 2,157 voters, followed by the ACC Library (1,009), the ACC Tennis Center (628), the ACC Cooperative Extension (545), the Miriam Moore Community Center ( 219) and the Winterville Community Center (180).

According to the Georgian Secretary of State, Athens has 7,724 active registered voters, bringing the current turnout rate to 7.5%. Turnout in the May elections in Athens is usually just above 30%.

There’s still time to vote: Election Day is Tuesday and the precinct is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to find your district’s location.

Also, be sure to double-check your ballot. The elections department said Friday that 66 voters on Oglethorpe Avenue were mistakenly placed in Commission District 5 instead of District 2.