Valdosta Daily Times

November 17, 2013

Run-off election: The few who will decide

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Even writing this appeal, we know from experience. Few registered voters will likely turn out to cast a ballot in the Valdosta City Council District 2 run-off election.

This is no reflection on the candidates, Calvin Graham Sr. and Sandra J. Tooley. In the Nov. 5 election, Tooley garnered 198 votes, or 48.06 percent, with Graham receiving 137 votes or 33.25 percent. With no one earning the necessary 50 percent plus one vote to win the election, Tooley and Graham were the top vote-getters but must face each other in the run-off.

If you want some idea why the run-off may attract low numbers, look at the numbers from the overall Nov. 5 election. Of Lowndes County’s 48,434 registered voters, 7,846 cast ballots, which is 16.2 percent of registered voters casting ballots in the election that chose new municipal officers in Lowndes County cities, and countywide approved the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VII.

Only 16.2 percent taking the time to vote for not only leaders of respective cities but on whether to keep or discontinue a 1 percent sales tax.

So, even with early run-off voting continuing this week and most of next week and Dec. 3, it is likely few District 2 registered voters will take advantage of the opportunity to select their next representative on the City Council.

Yet, those who do vote will decide for all.

So, take the time. Get out and vote.

Early run-off voting opened last week and continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 25-27, at the Lowndes County Board of Elections, 2808 N. Oak St. Run-off election day is Dec. 3, and District 2 voters may cast their ballots at Precinct 3 Northside Baptist Church, or Precinct 6 Mildred Hunter Center.