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Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 11:37am

Too Many Races And Candidates Discourage Voters

Updated: 4 years ago.
Voters are not rushing to the polls for the July 20th primary. Early voting started Monday. (photo by Susanna Capelouto)

Early voting has begun in Georgia’s party primaries. But few people are casting ballots this early. That’s because there are a lot of statewide races with a lot of candidates to choose from.

Fourteen people want to become governor, ten are running for insurance commissioner and seven qualified to run for secretary of state. Those who want to can now cast there ballot at a county office in advance of the July 20th primary.

“I don’t know that many people in Georgia know you can vote early," says Emory Univerity Political Scientist Merle Black.

There's little campaign money to go around in this economy and so candidates are holding off on their advertizing until July says Black.

"And without that political advertizing voters are really in the dark. They don’t know much about the candidates and they’re not engaged yet," he says.

Turnout for the primary is likely to be low, with only the party faithful caring enough to show up at the polls in the middle of summer.

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