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Thomas County anticipating large voter turnout

Posted at 5:52 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 17:52:00-04

THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WALB) - The general election is drawing near, and the deadline for you to register to vote early is just days away. 

Thomas County Election Supervisor, Frank Scoggins, says he anticipates a larger voter turnout than in previous off year elections.

He says there's been a significant increase in the number of people registering to vote early, as well. 

"Everybody is either updating or getting a new registration prior to this election," said Scoggins. 

Even though Scoggins says he's seen an increase, he still wants more of the community represented during the general election.  And, the deadline to register for early voting is Oct. 9. 

"I'd like to see more interest, I'd like to see a better turnout than we've had in the past on several elections," said Scoggins. 

He says there's a high number of people whose voter registration has been canceled due to inactivity.

Scoggins says the inactivity could be because the person moved, passed away, or simply hasn't voted in the previous two general elections. 

"The reason that they are canceled, not purged, they're canceled. All they have to do is just renew that," said Scoggins. "And once they do they're active to vote."

He says, their goal isn't to deter you from voting, but to keep their list as accurate as possible.  

"We're just trying to update the roll. And like you say, it's not a deliberate thing to keep a voter from voting," said Scoggins. 

If you fall into this category, he says the cut-off date to update your profile to be eligible to vote for the general election is Oct. 9. You can do at their office on North Madison Street in Thomasville.