For over 12,000 voters, the Tuesday, July 26 Greensboro City Council election is over except for the counting.

During early voting, a total of 12,341 voters cast their ballots in the Greensboro City Council race.

The trend has been for more and more voters to take advantage of the convenience of early voting.  In the 2008 presidential election, 55.5 percent of voters voted early, and by the 2020 presidential election that had risen to 65 percent.

If 65 percent of the voters in the July 26 City Council election voted early, then the total number of votes cast will be slightly less than 19,000.

And if 19,000 people vote that would be about 9 percent of the 203,838 registered voters in Greensboro.

Some of those who make such predictions have said they expected the voter turnout to be as low as 5 percent, but the general consensus seemed to be somewhere around 10 percent.

It is a difficult election to compare to other elections since, for the Tuesday, July 26 election in Guilford County, only the Greensboro City Council election is on the ballot. For the May 17 primary, the top of the ballot was the US Senate race and there were also congressional races, state legislative and Guilford County races on the ballot along with the City Council races.  In that primary, 20.45 percent of the eligible voters in Guilford County voted.

Also, it’s just plain weird to be holding an election at the end of July when so many people are on vacation.

Low voter turnout means that for those who vote their vote carries a lot more weight than it would in a normal election. The polls are open on Tuesday, July 26 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., giving folks in town plenty of time to vote, and even people at the beach have time to drive home and vote – that is if they are willing to give up a day at the beach to vote.