WARNER ROBINS -- Despite a stormy final day of early voting, Elections Superintendent Kathy Cummings said turnout remained steady and overall doubled from the last mayoral early voting period.
The rain, surprisingly, did not discourage the turnout of voters today, Cummings wrote in an email. I thought with the icky weather, that it would be slow. I was wrong.
By 3 p.m., Cummings said, more than 2,500 of the 43,715 registered Warner Robins voters had cast ballots during the three-week period leading up to Tuesdays election. There are five races on the ballot: mayor and City Council posts 1, 3, 4 and 5.
In the 2009 general election -- which included the mayors race -- 1,232 early votes were cast. In that same year, a total of 5,988 people cast votes in the election. A total of 5,031 voted in the 2011 election -- which included three council races. About 1,465 voted early in 2011.
Voting this year began with strong numbers from the very first day, which saw more than 200 ballots cast. The first week drew more than 730 voters, and the second week ended with 1,546 votes.
Cummings reported no glitches in voting over the past few weeks.
Warner Robins has the most competitive races in Houston and Peach counties this year. Centerville has one contested City Council race and a referendum on the senior property tax exemption. Byron has just one contested City Council race. And Fort Valley has a mayoral race, two contested City Council seats and two contested Utility Commission positions, as well as a Sunday alcohol sales referendum.
According to Peach County Board of Elections Supervisor Michelle Riley, more than 650 votes were cast in Fort Valley during the early voting period.