VALDOSTA -- Lowndes County's registered voters will go to the polls today for the Presidential Preference Primary, while Hahira residents will vote in a City Council race.
Polls open at 7 a.m.
According to Deb Cox, supervisor of elections for the Lowndes County Board of Elections, turnout rates are unknown, but the March election historically has a lower turnout than the other primary and November elections.
Weather can also be a factor in how many people come to the polls. Cox said that rainy days have less turnout because people do not want to have to leave where they are in bad weather. Today's forecast promises some sun and breezy in the evening with a high of 77 Fahrenheit.
Voters who are nervous about using the touchscreen voting machines have a chance to practice before they actually vote.
"We have a demo machine in each of the precincts, and several poll workers will be at each site ready to help people," Cox said. "In fact, they will ask voters as they come in if they wish to complete a demo first before voting."
The polls will close at 7 p.m. As soon as the last person in line at 7 p.m. has voted, the precincts will tally the number of votes and send them to the Lowndes County Board of Elections. The Board will then post the results in real time. People can see the results on the Web at www.lowndes county.com, at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center off Norman Drive or at the Board of Elections building off Patterson Street.
To contact reporter Michelle Taylor, please call 229-244-3400, ext. 245