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Turnout for Tuesday’s runoff could be less than 10 percent

Less than 10 percent of voters could turn out to vote in the runoff Tuesday

JONESBORO — Fewer than 10 percent of Clayton County voters may end up helping to decide who runs for senate on the Republican ticket.

The runoff primary election Tuesday will decide the Republican candidate for senate and who will run for both the Democratic and Republican tickets for state school superintendent. But according to past data from the Clayton County website, only a small portion of registered voters in the county will help choose these candidates.

Compared to the rest of Georgia and the United States, Clayton’s voter turnout for general elections is about average, according to data from the United States Election Project. The historic Nov. 4, 2008, general election saw a 67 percent voter turnout — compared to a 63 percent statewide voter turn out and a 62 percent nationwide turnout.

Residents seem to find primary elections less exciting. Only 24 percent of registered voters turned out for the July 31, 2012, general primary. Even fewer voters — 16 percent — cast ballots in the runoff election that resulted from that primary.

But 2012 was a national election year, which may have increased voting. The numbers so far this year have been weaker. About 12 percent of registered citizens turned out to vote in the general primary election May 20. That’s almost half the turnout in the 2012 primary election.

If the trend continues, roughly 6 percent of the voting public of Clayton County could help decide who runs on the Republican ticket for state senate and which two candidates will run for state school superintendent.

Here’s some basic information about Tuesday’s election for voters:

Running on the Republican ballot for Senate:

J.H. “Jack” Kingston and David A. Perdue

Whoever wins this runoff election will face M. Michelle Nunn (D).

Running on the Republican ballot for State School Superintendent:

Michael L. “Mike” Buck and Richard L. Woods

Whoever wins this runoff election will run against the winner of the runoff election from the Democratic ballot.

Running on the Democratic ballot for State School Superintendent:

Alisha Thomas Morgan and Valarie D. Wilson

Whoever wins this runoff election will run against the winner of the runoff election from the Democratic ballot.

Polls at all locations open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. For information about polling locations, visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.