Voting lines are shorter now, however morning rush was heavy

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The morning voting rush has ended and observers say shorter lines seem to be moving well.

At the Warren Road Baptist Church polling place, only seven people waited in line to vote at 10:30 a.m.

At Asbury United Methodist Church, about a dozen were waiting.

At 10:15 about 50 were in line at National Hills Baptist Church to vote.

At Williston, S.C., precinct one, there were approximately 40 people in line waiting to vote at 9 a.m. By this time 225 voters had been there before them since the precinct opened two hours earlier. By 9 a.m., Williston precincts two and three had already had 95 and 151 voters, respectively.

Williston voter Stephanie Mitchell said she votes in each election.

“This is an important election because of the presidential race,” she said.

Liekwise, Ruth Livingston of Williston, said she recognized the election’s significance.

“We all have our voices and we have to speak them,” she said.

Voting was reported as brisk at several of the precincts in McDuffie County this morning, according to Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler.

Ms. Wheeler said more than 5,000 registered voters cast ballots during the early voting period and that she anticipates about an 85 percent turnout of voters before the polls close tonight at 7 p.m.

In McDuffie County, voters will be deciding among a total of 12 candidates vying to fill four seats on the local school board.

Additionally, voters also will be deciding another important issue: whether to say yes or no to a referendum question calling for the sale of distilled spirits by the drink on Sunday at local restaurants.

Elsewhere, the lines were long this morning.

Judy Teasley, poll manager at the Bible Cathedral precinct in Evans, said 46 voted in the first 15 minutes.

The precinct is Columbia County's largest, with 3,078 registered voters. But even with long lines, most voters were able to get through in about 30 minutes.

That's good, Ms. Teasley said.

"We're a point-and-click, drive-through society," she said. "People don't like waiting in line."

In Richmond County, Dwanette Dullings, a math teacher at A.R. Johnson Magnet School, said she had hoped to be first in line this morning at her polling place at Dyess Park on James Brown Boulevard.

She was 20th at 6 a.m.

“I wanted to get here early,” she said. She also brought her 10-year son, adding, “I wanted him to experience this with me, as well.”

She also passed the time constructively. She graded papers.

Eric Tate was first in line at the May Park polling place on Fourth Street.

“I wanted to get here early just because I’m anticipating ling lines,” he said. “Plus I had to get my daughter off to school.”

Elsewhere, 80-year-old L.E. Davis was first in line at Crawford Avenue Baptist Church.

He said he got up at 4 a.m., but it wasn’t much of a stretch. That’s when he usually gets up.

“I never miss an election,” he said.

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At the back of the Crawford Avenue line was Sarah Evens, 26, who admitted she was ready for the election to be over.

“Most people have decided, so it’s time,” she said.

She also explained why she was there.

“I wanted to vote on Election Day because I want to be part of the day instead of voting early,” she said.

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