Thousands turn out for Saturday voting in Richmond County

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 4:06 PM
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Long lines did not deter voters during early voting Saturday.

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People sign in before voting at the Henry Brigham Community Center.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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People sign in before voting at the Henry Brigham Community Center.

Voters lined the sidewalk at the Augusta Municipal Building on Greene Street and at the Warren Road Community Center by midmorning. Wait times were estimated to be about 30 minutes at both places, poll managers said.

The line snaked through hallways and around the interior of the Henry Brigham Community Center on Golden Camp Road, where poll manager Betty Griffin estimated wait times of at least an hour.

Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections, said she expected at least 45,000 people to have voted at the three locations by the end of the day.

By the end of Friday, more than 10,000 people had voted in Richmond County in the past two weeks, she said.

“I would say early voting is definitely a convenience this time. Georgia voters are taking advantage of it. We’ve seen high numbers across the state, certainly in Richmond County,” she said.

Though the lines were long, Bailey said the voters she has spoken with have been in very good spirits.

No problems were reported at any of the locations.

At Warren Road, poll manager Theresia Hess said many voters this year are bringing in a “cheat sheet” to help them cast their ballots more quickly.

“They know what they’re coming in here to vote for, and they’re getting out pretty fast,” she said. “Usually that’s what slows them down – they’re not really sure what they want to vote for or, if we have a ton of amendments or something like that. But pretty much everybody has something they’re hiding in their hand.”

Gail Bennet cast her ballot on Tuesday but came to Warren Road Community Center with her daughter Brinkley Bennet, 21, who was voting for the first time.

At about 11:30 a.m., despite the long line just outside the door, she said they only had to wait 10 minutes.

At the Brigham Center, Nile Turner and Pearl Maxwell waited more than two hours before they left without voting. They were not at all upset about the wait, but said they had somewhere else to go and would come back later to vote.

“If we didn’t have something else to do or this was the only day to vote, we’d have stayed in line. No doubt about it,” Turner said.

At the municipal building, several people standing in line on the sidewalk said they had just come from the Brigham Center because they didn’t want to wait in the long line there. The Rev. Beotis Clark and his wife, Estella, were among them.

Clark said he had the opportunity to vote earlier this week but that he and his wife wanted to vote together.

“My wife wanted to go as a team, so we decided to go out today,” he said.

Early voting in Richmond County continues at the same locations from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (706) 821-2340 or go to augustaga.gov/boe, where voters can check on wait times by clicking on “Board of Elections Technology” and then the link for “Voter Wait Time Application.”

Voters in Columbia County can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the board of elections office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E; Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road; or Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road. For more information, call (706) 868-3355 or visit columbiacountyga.gov.

Early voting ends Friday.

ADVANCE VOTING

Advance voting is available Monday to Friday, which is the last day to vote early for the Nov. 6 election.

RICHMOND COUNTY

• Board of Elections Office, 530 Greene St.

• Henry Brigham Community Center, 2463 A Golden Camp Road

• Warren Road Community Center, 300 Warren Road

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday

INFORMATION: (706) 821-2340 or augustaga.gov/boe. Check wait times at polling sites at augustaga.gov/boe by clicking on “Board of Elections Technology” and follow the link for “Voter wait time application.”

COLUMBIA COUNTY

• Columbia County Board of Elections, 500 Faircloth Drive, Building E

• Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road

• Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

INFORMATION: (706) 868-3355 or columbiacountyga.gov

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/27/12 - 07:07 pm
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Remember there are

No early voting stations on the South Side.

So plan to make a long trip into town to vote or using to Golden Camp RD.
It's 7/8's the length of the county for Blythe and McBean voters.
An 2/3's of the length of the county for Hephzibah Voters and 1/2 the length for Tobacco Rd. area Voters.

Maybe next election we'll see some respect, or new people running the show.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/27/12 - 11:05 pm
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Density

The polling places are done by population and ethnic density, Open Curtain. That's the way of it today.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/27/12 - 11:08 pm
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Lines

Let me tell you folks down in McBean and Blythe: you will have to wait W-a-a-a-a-a-ay shorter times in line on election day in November than we suckers did today in west Augusta. Don't feel bad.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/28/12 - 07:37 am
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A recount is in order

With over 7,000 homes within 1 mile of Tobacco Rd.
and over 15,000 with 3 miles.

One more voting station that services the South Side and the towns of Blythe and Hephzibah is overdue and justified.

We can always check the official voting record tallies later in December.

A breakdown of Political Party voting, Demographics and zip code will say a lot.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/28/12 - 09:22 am
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Open curtain

New people running the show will be the answer......South augusta is not important to the money brokers.......
A different face will change the place.....so much needs to be done....I'm surprised yall have taken the slight for so long.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 10/28/12 - 10:28 am
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I never have to wait in line.

I never have to wait in line. Do ya'll car pool to the polls or something?

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 10/28/12 - 10:31 am
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Who's running anyway?

Who's running anyway?

Tullie
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Tullie 10/28/12 - 11:09 am
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Ethnic Density

What does that mean?

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