More than 10,000 votes cast in advance voting

 

Despite a shorter advance voting period this year than in the 2008 general election, turnout shouldn’t be affected, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections said.

Three weeks of advance voting began Oct. 15, a period half the length of that offered in 2008.

“The overall numbers are lower then we saw in 2008, but we had three more weeks of early voting,” Lynn Bailey said. “I expect all three locations will be very busy next week and we’ll exceed the numbers that we saw in 2008.”

Voter turnout in Rich­mond County is predicted to measure between 75 and 80 percent of registered voters. In 2008, turnout was 79 percent.

In Richmond County, 10,117 votes were cast through the end of Fri­day. More than 1,000 people voted each day this week, with a high of 1,397 on Friday.

In 2008, 31,348 ballots were cast early.

Bailey said advance voting is an indicator of voter interest, which has been similar to 2008, she said.

The advance voting period was shortened after a statewide study found few voters casting ballots during the first three weeks, Bailey said. For the smaller counties, staffing polling sites was burdensome and costly.

Because the timetable was cut in half, polls are open on the second Saturday before the election. Saturday voting begins Saturday at three sites: the Board of Elections Office, the Hen­ry Brigham Com­munity Center and the Warren Road Community Center.

Bailey said she expects Saturday voting to be more popular than when it was offered for the first time for the July primary.

“People are making it their business to find out voting opportunities,” she said.

Early voting draws crowds in Columbia, Richmond counties
ADVANCE VOTING

Saturday voting for the Nov. 6 general election will be offered today only at designated locations. The same sites are open Monday to Friday, which is the last day for advance voting.

 

 

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: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Friday

MORE INFORMATION: Call (706) 821-2340 or visit augustaga.gov/boe. Check wait times at polling sites 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: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

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