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Update: 'Good' Voter Turnout in Lilburn City Elections

A total of 1,363 votes were cast in Tuesday's elections, a turnout of about 23 percent.

Updated at 9:30 p.m.

A total of 1,363 people voted in Tuesday's Lilburn city elections, a turnout of about 23 percent.

Voter turnout in Lilburn city elections has been "good," poll official and city clerk Kathy Maner said earlier in the day.

Positions to be filled include mayor and two city council seats, and voters are also deciding whether to allow alcohol to be sold on Sundays.

Asked about the deciding factor in making their choice for mayor and city council, voters told Patch they were concerned about things ranging from the cost of a new city hall to taxes and how the mosque expansion issue was handled.

"Not being seen as a place that is prejudiced to religions or anything else," was the concern expressed by Roberta Rochman, who declined to say how she voted.

One voter, who asked to be identified by his first name, Paul, said he voted for Diana Preston, the incumbent mayoral candidate. "Diana's done a good job," he said.

Ruth Snell and her husband, John, said they voted for Johnny Crist. "He's a man of integrity," Ruth said.

Many of the voters told Patch as they left the poll that they had voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales.

"I don't think anyone should be allowed to infringe on anyone's rights," said Howard Hughes of his "yes" vote.

Some who voted against it said there should be one day without it.

"You need one day that's special, for whatever reason," said one woman who declined to give her name.

Mayor Preston was calm and upbeat as she greeted supporters at a shop on Main Street to wait for the results. Crist, at his house around the corner and up the street, said he's "optimistic," but also nervous.

Poll officials were still preparing to count the votes at 9:30 p.m.

Check Patch later tonight for results.

LauraLee Moore November 09, 2011 at 03:57 PM
We are THRILLED that Johnny Crist is Lilburn's New Mayor.....we have hope once again for our City of Lilburn! Congratulations, Mayor Crist!

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