McDONOUGH – Henry County has received more than 10,000 absentee ballots for the primary election.

Ameika Pitts, the county’s director of elections, said at Tuesday’s Henry County Board of Commissioners meeting that a total of 10,301 absentee ballots – 5,284 Democratic ballots, 4,804 Republican ballots and 213 nonpartisan ballots – have been mailed out to the county.

The county mailed out 166,495 absentee ballot applications to county residents, and over 30,686 of those applications were filled out and returned to the county — 30,286 of those applications were successfully processed.

Early voting, meanwhile, has started for the primary elections. Pitts said that elections staff members are taking precautions to practice social distancing at the polling locations.

“I feel like, for the past two days, we have been very successful with keeping up with social distancing guidelines,” Pitts said. “All employees are wearing masks and gloves, ensuring that we not only protect ourselves but our citizens as well.”

Two members of the BOC, District 5 Commissioner Bruce Holmes and BOC Chairwoman June Wood, were pleased with what the Elections Office had done to practice social distancing.

“I just want to commend Ameika for the great job that she is doing with Elections,” Holmes said. “Myself and my family were in the Elections Office (Monday) and had the opportunity to vote. It was very organized and we felt very safe.”

Holmes said the office was clean and he and his family had no issues with voting.

“The poll workers were wiping down the counters after every person moved and every person voted,” Wood said. “I want to thank all the voters who were there when I voted and who were wearing their own masks and being respectful of the 6-foot social distancing rules.”

Pitts said at Tuesday’s meeting that the county has 175,757 registered voters, with 166,700 of them active voters.

There are 33,415 voters in District 1, 39,489 voters in District 2, 37,685 voters in District 3, 32,783 voters in District 4 and 31,906 voters in District 5.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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