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.


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.


• 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 Check wait times at polling sites by clicking on “Board of Elections Technology” and follow the link for “Voter wait time application.”


• 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

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OpenCurtain 10/27/12 - 06:43 am
Question: Why Warren Rd on the other side of I-20,

but no South Side Voting location south of Bobby Jones?

TK3 10/31/12 - 10:42 pm
No Paper trail !

They will pick who you are allowed to hear from and vote for but will not give you a "paper trail" or proof of your vote being counted correctly thus voting on their (major players in political parties own shares in voting hardware/software companies) computers is not secure and they can do what they want with the electronic votes and totals. All they can say is "trust them" so it has all really become little more than a con-game now !

PS: Even if your vote did count anymore, "choosing the lesser evil, is still evil, and you are registering your consent to that evil. If you refuse to vote, you are at-least depriving them of that: your consent. So stay home. Bake a cake. Say a prayer. Mow your lawn.. Do anything except vote.--Ellen Finnigan

Join the majority of American citizen and vote for neither of the pretenders so the SYSTEM, that really picks the two we get to "rubberstamp", gets the message that we won't play their rigged game anymore.

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