Officials concerned by low voter turn-out in Harris County

Officials concerned by low voter turn-out in Harris County

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - The runoff election in Harris County is putting a newcomer, Bridgett Oliver and school board seat holder, Tim Edgar against each other in the race for the District 2 school board seat.

The District 2 seat will soon be vacated by current board member, Morgan Marlowe, who decided not to seek re-election.

While the two have been actively campaigning ahead of this runoff election, officials in Harris County are concerned over the lack of voter turnout.

"We will be lucky if we get even eight percent this election," said Harris County Election Supervisor, Sherrail Jarrett.

Jarrett says there were only 625 early voting ballots cast and a 24 percent turnout for the May primary. There are roughly 21,000 registered voters in Harris County.

One candidate is trying to help by personally offering rides to the polls, encouraging people to get out and vote.

"We are knocking on doors, not looking for a whole lot of turnout, so we are trying to remind people that today is election day, and get them out here to vote," said Edgar.

Edgar said more urgency needs to be placed on local and smaller elections.

"Local elections, especially for the school board does impact the stability of the system, and just impacts all the kids. Good schools are great for everyone in the county," said Edgar.

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