Voter turnout appeared very low in the election to choose a new member of Sandy Springs City Council.

At mid-afternoon on Election Day, March 15, only a dozen voters had cast ballots at the polling place in the Hammond Park Gym, one of five polling places in the district. More than 90 voters turned out at the second polling place in Hammond Park, the park’s community center.

“It’s been very, very slow,” said Marian Lynch, poll manager at the Hammond Park Gym.

Three candidates – Chiteka Jackson, Gabriel Sterling and Dennis Williams – sought the District 4 council seat vacated by the resignation of former Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins.

Only registered voters in District 4 could cast ballots in the special election. Lynch said a number of would-be voters were turned away because they lived outside the district.

Joe Earle

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Assistant poll manager A. Paul Medeiros, at right, checks in voter Neil Fleming during the special election March 15 to fill the District 4 seat on Sandy Springs City Council.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.