GAINESVILLE - More people voted "early" in Hall County for Tuesday's runoffs than voted early for the May 20 primaries.<br />
County elections Director Charlotte Sosebee said late Friday afternoon that about 2,800 votes had been cast since early voting began June 30. There were 2,622 early voters leading up to the May 20 primaries.<br />
Friday was the deadline for early voting in Georgia and Sosebee said about 400 voted in Hall County on the final day.<br />
Sosebee says the hotly contested GOP U.S. Senate race, a local election on the Republican ballot and people who have vacations scheduled next week are all likely reasons for the increase in early voting this time around.<br />
Sosebee is predicting a 12 percent turnout for the runoffs.<br />
"I believe I had predicted a much larger turnout for May than we actually met; however, I feel I will be pretty close in the (runoffs)."
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