Voters in Sumter County turned out in droves Tuesday for the General Election.
Robert Brady, Sumter County Elections supervisor, said voter turnout for the county was 73.41 percent of the total 16,217 registered voters. Than translates to 11,905 ballots cast in this election.
Brady, who has came into office last summer, said since the dismal turnout at the Primary, 27.1 percent, he was afraid the trend might continue for the General Election, and was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t.
“I was pleased at the turnout, and at how smoothly the early voting went,” he said. “It was very orderly, very civil with no problems ... no difficulties.
“All my poll workers performed duties smoothly and efficiently,” he added. “There were questions that came up that were dealt with. All in all ... the election actually went as well as any person can expect and better than I thought it would. I was pleased with the turnout.”
When asked if there were any problems during the process Tuesday, Brady said there was an incident with some “over-zealous campaigners” at the Rees Park Economic Development Center polling place in which some people spilled out of Rees Park and wandered into the street. At the Sumter County Ag Center, some “questionable” signs were removed after being in placed too close to the polling place.
“Both incidents were inadvertent,” Brady said.
He said there was a problem with one voting machine at the Georgia Southwestern State University Golf and Conference Center polling place. He said the machine was loaded with seven votes, all of which were recovered, but the machine was taken out of use Tuesday.
Brady said the Sumter County Board of Elections meets at 4:30 p.m. Friday to certify the election. The meeting is open to the public.