Turnout at county precincts was brisk, Tuesday.
“We’ve had higher turnout than we thought we would,” said Barbara Gunter, the county registrar. By 1:09 p.m, 24 percent of the county’s registered voters had cast ballots.
D. J. Ashwell, chief of the Blue Ridge Water Authority precinct, said they had 391 voters come through by 11:30 a.m. — more than he expected. At that point voter participation had already topped 20 percent at that precinct.