High voter turnout in southwest Georgia for midterm election

This year's midterm election included races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, multiple state representatives and local races.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

The 2018 midterm election included races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, multiple state representatives and local races.

As the votes are still being counted, south Georgia is already seeing a large increase in voter turnout.

The last midterm election was back in 2014 where a little under 48 percent of Dougherty County voters came to the polls.

Based on Tuesday's results, over 54 percent of Dougherty County residents exercised their right to vote, which is up about 6 percent from 2014.

Lee County also saw a large voter increase in Tuesday's election.

In 2014, 50 percent of Lee County voters went to the polls and on Tuesday, 65 percent of Lee County residents showed up to vote.

Many people exercised their right to vote for the very first time during Tuesday's midterm election.

Albany State student Elyse Edmonds says she was looking forward to casting her ballot and adds that she knew it was important to make her voice heard.

"I really didn't notice how every vote really does count, but I feel like every vote really does," said Edmonds. "You may not think your one little vote is going to count but it is going to count."

20-year-old Trevante Jenkins says this is the second time he has voted in an election.

To him, he says it's all about making sure the voices of the younger generation are being heard.

"The issues that each candidate was putting out there affected my community, so I just wanted my voice to be heard," said Jenkins.

This election generated an historic turnout, with almost four million voters across the state casting their ballot.

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