Early voting key to Senate race

Beach’s campaign manager says race could be decided before Election Day

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The 11 days of early voting may well hold the key to the special election for the District 21 state Senate, according to candidate Brandon Beach’s campaign manager Ron Wallace.

That is why Wallace said it was “huge” to get an early balloting office at 30 South Main St. just a few yards from City Hall.

“We had to fight to get them to move the Fulton early voting place from the Fulton County North Annex in Sandy Springs to one in Alpharetta,” Wallace said.

It finally dawned on the Secretary of State’s Office that the lone voting site for Fulton voters ought to be in the same precinct as the seat that is being contested.

The other early balloting site is at City Hall in Canton.

Early voting in Alpharetta will be Dec. 17-21, Dec. 27-28 and Jan. 2-4, due to the fact that voting will not take place on weekends or on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

“This is the first time an early election location has been put north of the Chattahoochee,” Wallace said.

Wallace noted that special elections are notorious for their low turn-outs among voters. This one is rather unique, however.

The Jan. 8 election day is just two days after the Super Bowl and days after Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“Those are major distractions that will keep a lot of the focus off the election,” Wallace said.

Add to the mix early voting, which has shown growing popularity with voters.

“Given the low turn-out that is predicted, the majority of the votes may be cast in the early voting period. That means it is imperative for each candidate to get out their vote,” he said.