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Early Voting For Cherokee Run-Off Election "Extremely Slow"

Less than 30 people have cast ballots ahead of the Feb. 5 special election to fill the Georgia House District 21 seat.

Very few voters have cast ballots early for the Feb. 5 run-off election to fill the Georgia House District 21 seat.

As of late Tuesday morning, only 28 residents have voted early at the Cherokee County Elections and Voter Registration's office in downtown Canton, Elections Supervisor Janet Munda said. 

"It's extremely slow," Munda added. "It looks like we may hit five percent this time."

Munda was referring to the projection she originally predicted for the Jan. 8 special election for both the House and the Georgia Senate District 21 seats. The county ended up seeing a 10 percent turnout for that election. 

Voters in the run-off will choose between Republican candidates Scot Turner and Brian Laurens, who came in first and second respectively in the January special election for the house seat. 

Early voting started last Wednesday and will continue Monday through Friday through Feb. 1.

Voters who reside in the district, which encompasses Holly Springs, portions of BridgeMill, south Canton and parts of southeast Cherokee, can cast ballots between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Albert L. Stone Elections Building at 400 East Main Street in Canton. 

No voting will be held on Monday Feb. 4, and voters in the district will cast their ballots at 11 precincts in the district on Feb. 5.

Those 11 precincts that will be open are Air Acres, Arnold Mill, Avery, BridgeMill, Hickory Flat, Holly Springs, Liberty, Mountain Road, Teasley, Toonigh and Wildcat. 

Residents can check the Georgia Secretary of State's My Voter Page to view the status of their voter registration and to see if they live in the district.

The lack of voter turn out so far comes on the heels of the Cherokee County Republican Party's debate it will hold tonight for the two candidates. The debate will start at 7 p.m. at the Holly Springs Community Center in downtown Holly Springs. 

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