2010-12-08 / News

Only 427 vote in runoff election

By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

David Nahmias won reelection to Supreme Court Justice and Chris McFadden will fill the vacant Court of Appeals seat – but Burke County voters hardly had a say in those Nov. 30 victories.

Of the county’s 12,607 registered voters, only 427, or 3.39 percent, cast ballots last Tuesday in the Georgia General Election Runoff.

Turn-out was poor in all 15 precincts, ranging from the county’s high of 11.3 percent in Vidette to a 1.99 percent low in North Waynesboro where only 46 of 2,311 voters weighed in. In the smaller precinct of Scotts Cross Roads, polls were open and staffed for the mandatory 12 hours but workers only saw the likes of six voters.

Statewide, incumbent Nahmias defeated Tammy Lynn Adkins with around 67 percent of the popular vote, and McFadden beat Antoinette “Toni” Davis by a 24 percent margin.

Burke voters fell in line with 72.08 percent behind Nahmias and 61.39 percent for McFadden. However, the local 427 votes made up less than .16 percent of the state’s totals.

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