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Vote this Saturday from 9 to 4

Early voting continues in Grady County and as of the close of business Tuesday 615 ballots had been cast.
This Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Grady County registrar’s office in the courthouse will be open for early voting.
Election officials say the turnout has been steady and the early voting is running smoothly.
However, election officials say there may be some confusion on the part of local voters.
“All of the discussion is about the sheriff’s race, but some voters are asking for Republican ballots,” Chief Registrar Jean Marshall said Tuesday.
Election officials remind voters that Republican candidate for sheriff Earl Stuckey is unopposed in the Republican primary. However, incumbent Grady County Sheriff Harry Young is facing Democratic primary opposition from Odell Jolly and Jerome Smiley.
The winner of the Democratic nomination will face Stuckey in November’s general election.
As of midweek, the breakdown of ballots cast were: 489 democrat; 125 republican; and one nonpartisan.
“If you want to vote in the sheriff’s race, you must ask for a Democratic ballot,” Mrs. Marshall said.
In addition to the 615 early votes cast at the courthouse over the last week and a half, there have been 90 absentee ballots mailed out to voters. The breakdown of the mailed ballots are 48 Democratic; 40 Republican and two nonpartisan.
The voting slowed Tuesday when a power outage darkened the courthouse from approximately 2:30 until the close of business.
Early voting continues through next Friday, July 25, at 5 p.m. Election day is Tuesday, July 31, and the county’s 13 voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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