While most Cobb voting precincts on the Secretary of State’s website show they are nearly or totally complete in reporting for most local elections, Cobb elections officials say there are still thousands of absentee votes outstanding.
Cobb elections officials said Wednesday morning that results of “the majority” of the 90,000 absentee ballots either mailed in or dropped off for Tuesday’s election remain to be tallied. Work on sending in results from 70,000 of those ballots is ongoing, and counting is expected to continue through Friday.
Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt later said the 90,000 figure does not factor in the bins of ballots that were emptied Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“There are now an additional 20 mail trays of absentee ballots they are going through to add to the tally,” he said. “There were many more absentee ballots filled out this election compared to prior elections.”
Cavitt said as of Wednesday midday, the Secretary of State’s website only showed in-person voting results. He called the website “misleading,” because of the high percentage of precincts shown to be reporting, without consideration for outstanding absentees.
That means, even in races where it seems a clear winner has emerged or certain races may be headed to a runoff, that may not be the case when final results come in, Cavitt said.
The general election for partisan posts is on Nov. 3. Nonpartisan offices were decided in this round of voting, unless a runoff is necessary. Runoffs for partisan and nonpartisan races will take place Aug. 11.
Results so far
Here are the results in some of Cobb’s highlighted races as of 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Percentages are rounded to nearest tenth:
♦ U.S. House of Representatives District 6 Republican primary: Karen Handel has a hefty lead on her opponents with 13,786 votes or 70.6%, while in second, Joe Profit has garnered 3,713 (19%). Blake Harbin has earned 924 votes (4.7%), while Mykel Lynn Barthelemy has received 768 (3.9%) and Paulette Smith has reached 340 (1.7%). The winner of the primary will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D–Marietta, in November.
♦ Cobb County Sheriff Democratic primary: Craig Owens leads with 28,539 votes or 47.6%. Gregory Gilstrap has so far earned 16,634 votes (27.7%) and Jimmy Herndon has received 14,833 (24.7%). The winner of the primary will take on incumbent Sheriff Neil Warren in November.
♦ Cobb County Commission Chairman Republican primary: Mike Boyce, (I) has received 34,104 votes, or nearly 69% to Larry Savage’s 11,693 (23.6%) and Ricci Mason’s 3,771 (7.6%).
♦ Cobb Commission District 2 Republican primary: Fitz Johnson leads with 4,747, or around 36.2% of the vote, while Andy Smith and Kevin Nicholas follow closely behind, at 4,207 (32%) and 4,163 (31.7%), respectively. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic nominee Jerica Richardson in November for a chance to replace outgoing Commissioner Bob Ott, who did not seek reelection.
♦ Cobb Commission District 4 Democratic primary: Shelia Edwards leads the race between seven candidates with 5,082 or 26% of the vote. Monique Sheffield has garnered 4,469 (22.9%); Monica Delancy is next with 3,208 (16.4%); Edwin Mendez has so far received 2,387 votes (12.2%); Angelia Pressley has received 2,110 (10.8%); Jonathan Hunt has collected 1,296 (6.6%); and Elliott Hennington has received 978 votes (5%). The winner of the primary will be the presumptive winner of the election in November, and will replace outgoing Commissioner Lisa Cupid, who is running for commission chair.
♦ Cobb County Board of Education, Post 5 Republican primary: David Banks (I) leads with 5,237 or about 55.2% of the vote to Shelley O’Malley’s 2,258 (23.8%) and Matt Harper’s 1,989 (nearly 21%). The winner of the nomination will face one of two Democrats in November.
♦ Cobb County Board of Education, Post 5 Democratic primary: Dr. Julia Hurtado leads with 3,590 votes (58.4%) over Tammy Andress’ 2,555 (41.6%).
♦ Georgia House of Representatives District 42 Democratic primary: Incumbent Teri Anulewicz holds a narrower-than-expected lead over challenger Asher Nuckolls, with 2,165 votes (54.3%) to Nuckolls’ 1,820 (45.7%). The winner of that primary will be the presumptive victor in November.
♦ Cobb Superior Court (nonpartisan) for Judge Stephen Schuster’s seat: Jason Marbutt holds a slight lead with 37,398 votes (37%) to challenger Gregory Shenton’s 34,788 (34.4%) and John Robert Greco’s 28,845 (28.6%). The winner will replace retiring Judge Schuster.
♦ Cobb Superior Court (nonpartisan) for Judge Lark Ingram’s seat: Kellie Hill has so far earned 64,787 votes or 62% to opponent Daniele Johnson’s 39,673 (nearly 38%). The winner will replace retiring Judge Ingram.
♦ Cobb Superior Court (nonpartisan) for Chief Judge Reuben Green’s seat: Challenger Angela Brown has garnered 62,288 or 56.3% of the vote to incumbent Green’s 48,380 (43.7%). If Brown wins, she will unseat Green.
♦ Cobb State Court Judge Post 6 (nonpartisan): In the crowded State Court race, Trina Griffiths leads five others with 25,581 votes (24.5%). Next is Diana Simmons, with 22,188 votes (21.3%). Joseph Atkins is third so far, with 15,325 votes (14.7%). David Willingham has earned 15,003 votes (14.4%), Scott Halperin has garnered 13,523 (nearly 13%) and Mazi Mazloom has collected 12,746 (12.2%).