Advance voting totals 31,113 in Richmond County

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Nearly 30 percent of local registered voters cast a ballot in advance of Tuesday’s General Election.

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A line that continuously stretched to the sidewalk led into the Municipal Building on Friday, the final day of the three-week advance voting period for Tuesday's general election.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
A line that continuously stretched to the sidewalk led into the Municipal Building on Friday, the final day of the three-week advance voting period for 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.

ELECTION 2012 - KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Polls are open from in Georgia and South Carolina from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Visit www.sos.ga.gov/mvp to find your polling location.

Voters must bring photo ID.

Absentee ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. Tuesday to the Board of Elections office, 530 Greene St., Room 104.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/05/12 - 05:06 am
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Informative photo.

Informative photo.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 11/05/12 - 05:49 am
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Publish endorsements, recommendations sooner

With so many people voting early, the editorial staff should consider publishing their endorsements sooner. I know I'd already voted before I read the first ACES recommendation.

Tots
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Tots 11/05/12 - 06:47 am
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LOL!!!

At your 4:06am post Riverman...

I went last Thursday,I felt like the cream in the Oreo cookie...
I did see many of my Co-workers there....Really LMFAO-Now....
I also saw a school bus parked a few feet from the court house...WHATEVER!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/05/12 - 07:23 am
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Vote early in Augusta
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travel to NY or NJ and vote again. Maybe you don't have to travel that far. Burke County? Voting is like signing up for multiple welfare benefits locations. You can do it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/05/12 - 09:04 am
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Crazy

People stood in line for four hours or more. Tomorrow the wait will likely be no more than 20 minutes.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/05/12 - 09:39 am
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Waiting for the National results

To see if a passport is needed with our exit strategy.

How I am looking at it.

If Obama (aka. Yo Momma to 47% of America) wins but the Liberal's don't win the House and Senate we survive as a nation. It becomes like the 2nd term of the Bill Clinton type Administration. Much gets done in the shape of repairs to Socialism gone wild.

If Obama wins and the Liberal Socialists keep a super majority in the Senate we will be a crippled nation. Harry Reid has openly stated he will not allow any bill to the floor for a vote regarding ObamaCare, or any of the many other massive giveaways waiting to to be repealed.

If Obama wins and the House and Senate go Liberal Socialist, we best go off grid and hunker-down because we are screwed.

It then becomes a combination of Oath Keepers, the limited sensible thinking elected officials and The Supreme Court minus Obama more liberal appointee(s).

happychimer
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happychimer 11/05/12 - 11:43 am
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Maybe the school bus driver

Maybe the school bus driver stopped there to vote. nothing wrong with that.What's wrong with black people voting? I'm sure many different colors and cultures vote. nothing wrong with that. People get out and vote, and vote your choice.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/05/12 - 12:38 pm
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I guess
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the informative part of the picture concludes that African Americans are responding to their civic duty of voting. It is a tremendous picture considering the past efforts at keeping this population from voting. Kind of ironic that now all folks can do now is insinuate from afar.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/05/12 - 01:27 pm
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Afar

That's where the Magi came from.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/05/12 - 01:40 pm
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Past efforts to keep this

Past efforts to keep this population from voting?? Seems to me that official voting rights were established around 1965 so Africian Americans have been voting around 47 years......nothing tremendous about the picture and don't believe anyone has kept this population from voting for many, many, years (although some would like you to think so).

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/05/12 - 03:49 pm
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Open Curtain, just keep

Open Curtain, just keep enough gold on hand to bribe the border guards.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 11/05/12 - 06:49 pm
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ICL, you can't be
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ICL, you can't be serious....

ICL said: "...don't believe anyone has kept this population from voting for many, many, years (although some would like you to think so)."

rebellious
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rebellious 11/05/12 - 06:58 pm
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Fundamental

You misspelled Armerican

Afar
Isn't that where the red trucks with sirens were headed?

Open Curtain
My Checklist
Prepared for off grid - check
SAT phone - check
Prepared for hunker down - check
MRE in Bunker (pronounced Bunka) - check
Prepared for individual defense of personal property - check

Excuse me while I go smear the grease paint on my face. If you think you saw that tree trunk move......you may just be right.

rebellious
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rebellious 11/05/12 - 07:35 pm
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I personally

kept 15 African Americans from voting in the last election!

Yea right!

How does that work, really? Do you start a pickup game of checkers then lure them to play until the polls close? Or create a fake duplicate of the polling location, set it up in front of the real one and then throw away their electronic card thingy? Or set up detour signs to keep them driving around all day around the polling location until 7:00 p.m.? Or maybe Hire a Native American to do a rain dance so African Americans don't turn out? How about research all African American homes, then hire Santa Claus (he's white right) to visit each house dropping a temporary paralysing gas down the chimney.

These all seem farfetched, so how do you keep any segment of Americans from voting? Inquiring Minds want to know!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/05/12 - 08:47 pm
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YEP rebellious

Since working DOD back in the 1980-90's I have always kept an emergency footlocker, ready.

The DOD guys I worked with taught me 1 important thing. Always have several exit strategies, no matter where you are.

While we are joking around here.

We use to say, SAT phones are for the Hunters, not the Hiders. Besides who you gonna call when the balloon goes up anyway?

Very few house are defensible. Too many windows, neighbors and easy to burn petroleum based shingled roofs.

MRE's taste like --- well MRE's

So that you can sleep comfortable tonight I leave with this piece of Info.

http://www.nuclearfiles.org/menu/key-issues/nuclear-weapons/issues/accid...

rebellious
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rebellious 11/05/12 - 08:19 pm
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OC

I knew there was something I liked about you, the first time I saw your moonpie Avatar.

Tots
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Tots 11/05/12 - 08:29 pm
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Happy @ 10:43am,

I'm going to answer your post even though you will most likely get it pulled..... "WHATEVER" have at it...

No where did i say anything about keeping blacks or anyone else from voting....Seems to me that was what the black panthers did to white voters in 2008..But that got swept under the rug....
I've also read articles about people trying to cast votes for Romney,only to have their votes come up as votes for Obama..So who's trying to stop whom from casting votes?
You say >>Maybe the school bus driver stopped there to vote. nothing wrong with that..
TOTS Says-
WRONG>> After your routes all buses have to return to the bus depot,not to be used for personal use...

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/05/12 - 08:24 pm
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Riverman1 - It is said he who has the gold makes the rules.

This rule was superseded by: The time will come when bullets, food or water will be worth more than their weight in gold.

Besides I am not really worried the country will go down the tubes before I die anyhow.

happychimer
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happychimer 11/05/12 - 08:47 pm
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My 10:43 was not pulled,

My 10:43 was not pulled, because I violated no policy. Tots maybe the bus driver stopped to vote on the way to turning in the bus. I have seen buses stopped at grocery stores. Oh. When you said you felt like the cream in the oreo cookie,anyone can read between the lines.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/05/12 - 08:58 pm
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happychimer, I'm sure Tot's

happychimer, I'm sure Tot's can explain this better than I but she didn't say your post would be pulled. She said she was going to answer YOUR post but that you would probably have HER's pulled.

Also, saying she felt like the cream in the oreo cookie.....how does that equate wanting to prevent blacks from voting?? It just means she was one of the few whites in the majority of blacks.....please explain how you came to your conclusion since you evidently read between someone else's lines.

Tots
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Tots 11/05/12 - 09:07 pm
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Awww,

you are so touchy,there was no lines to read between....I was the ONLY white person in line.....

Your right about the buses being at the grocery store...But they can only be there with a group of students,we do trips for the special needs students to grocery stores,and a few other stores...Transportation says we can't use the buses for personal use.......

Tots
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Tots 11/05/12 - 09:13 pm
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RULES!!!

I didn't make the rules,but it does seem that certain people are still breaking those rules.... Maybe they had a special trip sheet to take voters to the polls....LOL!! I'm not fussing with you,heck you misread what i said once tonight already...
G-night to all of you...

happychimer
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happychimer 11/05/12 - 09:45 pm
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I have seen school buses stop

I have seen school buses stop at the grocery store, and the only one on the bus was the driver. She waited in the parking lot for her next pick up time, and even went inside the store and bought something.

happychimer
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happychimer 11/05/12 - 09:48 pm
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Tots I can't get any posts

Tots I can't get any posts pulled. I don't work for the paper.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 11/05/12 - 09:48 pm
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" Augusta, GA...a step (or
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" Augusta, GA...a step (or many) back in time. Please book our TEE Center and see it for yourself."

happychimer
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happychimer 11/05/12 - 09:50 pm
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Did you ask if there was a

Did you ask if there was a school bus load of people there to vote? Did you wait to talk to the driver? Why not?

Tots
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Tots 11/06/12 - 12:51 am
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Happy,

your also correct in drivers sometimes wait in parking lots between routes...And yes you can go inside to buy a something..You just can't go inside to do your grocery shopping....

Why would i stick around to ask the driver anything? I came there to vote....Before i got there someone had told me they saw a bus there..when i got there it was a different number than the one they said they saw ..But the bus was only there for a short time and it looked like about seven or so people aboard.

rebellious
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rebellious 11/06/12 - 03:35 am
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Somebody

Call me on the Sat phone tomorrow after it is done. I am locking the door on the underground Bunka. Don't look cause you can't find it. When Obama is gone, I will come out. If he get's re-elected....well that clump of grass in the field, that is me. At least until I can get assets transferred to the Honduras. Then a quiet slip across the border, (hey the Mexicanos can come in, so a little grease and an Americano can slide out). I will get internet and post from down there. I'll be Bach.

rebellious
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rebellious 11/06/12 - 03:39 am
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Oh Crap

I gotta be here for the Summit on Saturday. Never mind! But to the neer do wells, if you survive the dog... well in the past I render first aid, but after tomorrow....who knows. To the invited guests....exit your automobile very slowly. Make no sudden moves. I will meet you in the driveway. So if a tree comes walking up to you, it's me, OK?

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/06/12 - 09:57 am
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Rebellious - On going joke - Honduras is a No Go.

Checkout Belize

Much more Americano
English is the Official language
1 USD$ = 2 BZD$

Cost of Living
Rent Prices in Belize are 70% lower than in United States
Restaurant Prices in Belize are 15 to 20% lower than in United States
Fresh Produce prices in Belize are 25 to 40% lower than in the USA

and Belize is on the NON-Tsunami / NON-Earthquake side of Central America.

It does have its share of Hurricanes.

Belize and Costa-Rica have better doctors and higher Ex-Patriot Americans ... They should, a lot of doctors already setup down there to avoid Obamacare, and many of the stupid lawsuits.

One last note
Transfer your money out of the USA before Jan. 2013. That is when Obama's Wealth Transfer Penalty Tax kicks in (40% flat rate) to stop people from fleeing the USSA.

I guess he read or saw "Atlas Shrugged" also.

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