Today is last day of advance voting

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 8:34 PM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 9:38 AM
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Anyone who wants to vote before Tuesday’s General Election has one more day to get it done.

Today is the last day polls will be open for advance voting in Georgia. Richmond County Elections Director Lynn Bailey expects almost 4,000 more voters to cast a ballot at the three polling locations open for advance voting.

Through Thursday, 26,481 voters had taken advantage of the early voting window, which is about the same number as in the last presidential election, Bailey said.

“I’m seeing every bit of interest in this election as in 2008,” she said.

Although she is seeing about the same number of voters – averaging about 3,200 each day this week – Bailey said the lines at the polls are much shorter than in 2008. She said it is probably because there are fewer elections and other items on the ballot this year.

Still, voters can expect a wait Friday at the polls.

“No one should expect to get in and out in less than 20 to 40 minutes,” she said.

Voters can check the Board of Elections web site – at – to get an estimate of wait times, she said. There will be no voting on Monday, she said.

Friday also is the last day to pick up an absentee ballot, if you should need one, Bailey said. Those ballots have to be turned in by Tuesday, she said.

“As long as you have it turned in by the times the polls close on Election Day you will be all right,” she said.

So far, about 7,500 people have requested absentee ballots, which also is comparable with 2008, she said.

Bailey estimates that if the voting trend continues Friday and Tuesday, total turnout will be between 70 and 80 percent of the 109,000 registered voters in Richmond County.

In 2008, that figure was about 75 percent, a good portion of which can be attributed to advance voting, she said.

“In 2008, we had a 40 percent turnout before the first person cast a ballot on Tuesday,” she said. “We are expecting to see about the same amount this year.”

Things to Remember

Early voting ends Friday. Richmond County voters can go to any of three locations, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.:

• Board of Elections Office, 530 Greene St.

• Henry Brigham Community Center, 2463 A Golden Camp Road

• Warren Road Community Center, 300 Warren Road

Columbia County voters, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.:

• Board of Elections Office, 500 Faircloth Drive, Bldg. E

• Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road

• Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road

No polling locations will be open Monday. On Tuesday, voters must cast ballots at their designated precincts. You must have a photo ID.

For more information, call (706) 821-2340 or visit

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 11/01/12 - 09:45 pm
Shorter lines on Tuesday

Richmond County Elections Superintendent Lynn Bailey said:

“In 2008, we had a 40 percent turnout before the first person cast a ballot on Tuesday. We are expecting to see about the same amount this year.”

Okay, with more precincts, more poll workers, more voting machines on Tuesday; this statement by Ms. Bailey means that you will see much shorter lines on Tuesday than you will see on Friday. Why not wait until Tuesday?

Also, you won't have to drive as far.

soapy_725 11/02/12 - 06:54 am
Vote early and often.

And ride your tractor to the polls.

soapy_725 11/02/12 - 06:57 am
Remember Ms. Bailey

It is not who votes, but who counts the votes. But you know that already. Since you only have 60% of the votes left to count Tuesday, we should see the final results 60% earlier. Those little "1's and 0's" take a long time to count.

OpenCurtain 11/02/12 - 08:41 am
Early voted last week downtown

One has to wonder given the limited locations and their placement was thought given to: party, demographics, population or previous voter turnouts?

Would make an interesting story on WHY these 3 early voting locations were picked over the many others.

OpenCurtain 11/02/12 - 08:57 am
A Preachers comments

Just watched the following Preacher named Rev Jackson's video.

I was interested in what our less conservative commentors (TECHFAN, Retired Army & etc...) opinions were?

rebellious 11/02/12 - 09:22 am
Lynn Bailey

is one of Richmond County's hidden gems. She and Travis Doss run that office like true public servants. They and their staff are efficient, professional and courteous. KUDOS!!!

KSL 11/02/12 - 06:36 pm
Open Curtain

Great link.

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