Nearly 30 percent of local registered voters cast a ballot in advance of Tuesday’s General Election.
In Richmond County, 31,113 voters took advantage of the three-week advance voting period that began Oct. 15. On Friday – the final day of advance voting – 4,632 votes were cast.
There is no advance voting today. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey said a total turnout between 70 and 80 percent is expected for the election. Richmond County has 109,016 registered voters.
In the 2008 General Election, 31,348 advance votes were cast in 45 days, Bailey said.
Total voter turnout was about 75 percent of the county’s 106,617 registered voters.
“For many Georgia voters, it’s a convenience they choose to take advantage of,” Bailey said. “Many voters have said they are anxious to get their vote locked in, sealed and not take the chance of anything getting in the way of them getting to the polls Tuesday.”
In Columbia County, the Board of Elections reported 24,453 advance votes. The county has 90,165 registered voters, said registration coordinator Nancy Gay.
Bailey said voting didn’t conclude until about 7:45 p.m. Friday at Henry Brigham Community Center, one of three advance voting sites.
Advance voting is expected to shorten the wait at polls Tuesday.
Wait times will vary by precinct but voters should still plan to stand in line, Bailey said.
Lines are typically shortest around 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and longest immediately after polls open and before polls close, she said.
Voters standing in line by 7 p.m. can cast a ballot.
“The ballot is a little bit shorter this year so it’s been a quick in and out for the voters,” Bailey said.