Originally created 07/21/98

Poll worker makes plans for counting



By 10 tonight, Rudy Olson can sit back and take a respite from voters. But only for a few hours.

Mrs. Olson, the county's election board executive director, hopes to be finished counting votes by 10 p.m., especially if voter turnout is the expected 30 percent.

The polls close about 7 p.m. and vote counting should begin about 7:30 p.m, she said.

And some people have already voted.

"Absentees have been good, but it has been mostly poll workers," she said, adding that about 600 people already have voted by absentee ballot.

Mrs. Olson said a 30 percent turnout estimate should hold true -- especially if turnout reflects other recent elections.

Only 13 percent of registered voters participated in a 1997 special school sales tax election, Mrs. Olson said. In the presidential primary election in 1996, there was 30 percent voter participation, and in the last state election, voter turnout was at 34 percent.

Since the 1997 election, the number of people registered to vote in the county has increased by 4,300.

Mrs. Olson attributes the increase in the number of registered voters to the motor-voter law which makes it more convenient to register. Since it was implemented in 1995, 17,800 new voters have registered to vote in Columbia County.

Vote-counting time will also depend on the amount of time it takes the precincts from Grovetown and Harlem to come in.

Although she is using a machine that can count 1,000 ballots per minute, she can't count what she doesn't have.

"The farther out you are the longer it takes to get here," she said.

But the election may not be over for Mrs. Olson tonight. Any races requiring a runoff will be held Aug. 11 and officials must begin planning now.

Richmond County precincts

Precinct 1A:

Aldersgate United Methodist Chuch, 3185 Wheeler Road

Precinct 1B:

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road

Precinct 2:

American Legion Post, Richmond Hill Road at Windsor Spring Road

Precinct 3:

Augusta Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 2028 Roosevelt Drive

Precinct 4:

Bayvale Baptist Church, 2240 Bayvale Road

Precinct 5A:

Belle Terrace Community Center, 2456 Golden Camp Road

Precinct 5B:

Belle Terrace Community Center, 2456 Golden Camp Road

Precinct 6:

Bernie Ward Community Center, 1925 Lumpkin Road

Precinct 7:

New Hope Community Center, 1336 Conklin Ave.

Precinct 8:

Blythe Community Center, Georgia Highway 88

Precinct 9A:

Asbury Methodist Church, 1305 Troupe St.

Precinct 9B:

Asbury Methodist Church, 1305 Troupe St.

Precinct 10:

Central Christian Church, 220 Crawford Ave.

Precinct 11A:

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way

Precinct 11B:

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way

Precinct 12:

Dyess Park, 902 D'Antignac St.

Precinct 13:

Eastview Recreation Center, 644 Aiken St.

Precinct 14A:

Educational Media Services Building, 3148 Lake Forest Drive

Precinct 14B:

Educational Media Services Building, 3148 Lake Forest Drive

Precinct 15A:

First Baptist Church of Gracewood, 3633 Peach Orchard Road near Tobacco Road

Precinct 15B:

First Baptist Church of Gracewood, 3633 Peach Orchard Road near Tobacco Road

Precinct 16:

First Corinth Baptist Church, Georgia Highway 56 near Clark Road

Precinct 17: Fleming Baptist Church, 3027 Peach Orchard Road

Precinct 18A: Gilbert Manor Rental Office

Precinct 18B: Gilbert Manor Rental Office

Precinct 19: Glendale Bible Chapel, 2011 Randall Road

Precinct 20: Gracewood Community Center, Tobacco Road

Precinct 21A: Highland Avenue across from Daniel Field, Permanent Building

Precinct 21B: Highland Avenue across from Daniel Field, Permanent Building

Precinct 22A: Jamestown Community Center, New Karleen Road

Precinct 22B: Jamestown Community Center, New Karleen Road

Precinct 23: Jesse Carroll Community Center, 4681 Windsor Spring Road

Precinct 24A: Johnson Recreation Center, 1694 Hunter St.

Precinct 24B: Johnson Recreation Center, 1694 Hunter St.

Precinct 25A: Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

Precinct 25B: Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.

Precinct 26: Lake Park Baptist Church, 211 Milledge Road

Precinct 27A: Langford Middle School, 3019 Walton Way

Precinct 27B: Langford Middle School, 3019 Walton Way

Precinct 28: Lumpkin Road Baptist Church, 2540 Lumpkin Road

Precinct 29: Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 2860 Wells Drive

Precinct 30: Lyndon Grove Presbyterian Church, 2204 Kimberly Drive

Precinct 31: May Park Recreation Center, 622 Fourth St.

Precinct 32A: McDuffie Woods Community Center, off Barton Chapel Road

Precinct 32B: McDuffie Woods Community Center, off Barton Chapel Road

Precinct 33: Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 2723 Meadowbrook Road

Precinct 34: Minnick Park, 1850 Kissingbower Road

Precinct 35: Morgan Road Middle School, 3635 Hiers Blvd.

Precinct 36: Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road

Precinct 37: Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1930 Olive Road

Precinct 38: National Hills Baptist Church, 2725 Washington Road

Precinct 39: Naval Reserve Center, 2869 Central Ave.

Precinct 40: New Horizon Church of God, 1800 Windsor Spring Road at Louisville Road

Precinct 41: Old Waynesboro Road Fire Station

Precinct 42: Peabody Apartments, 1425 Walton Way

Precinct 43: Pine Hill Baptist Church, 4233 Old Waynesboro Road

Precinct 44: Gilbert Lambuth Chapel at Paine College, Druid Park Avenue

Precinct 45: Second Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1404 Brown St.

Precinct 46; Silvercrest Baptist Church, 3431 Peach Orchard Road

Precinct 47: Southside Baptist Church, 2420 Norfolk St. off Georgia Highway 56

Precinct 48: St. John's Towers, 724 Greene St.

Precinct 49: St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2367 Washington Road

Precinct 50: Sue Reynolds Community Center, Buck Road off Maddox Road

Precinct 51: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 649, Veterans Drive off Windsor Spring Road

Precinct 52: Walton Way Extension Fire Station, across from First Baptist Church

Precinct 53: Warren Road Recreation Center, 300 Warren Road

Precinct 54: Westside High School, 1002 Sterling Road

Precinct 55A: Wildwood Christian Church, 2627 Tobacco Road

Precinct 55B: Wildwood Christian Church, 2627 Tobacco Road

Precinct 56: Woodlawn Methodist Church, 2220 Walton Way

Precinct 57A: First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way

Precinct 57B: First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way

Blythe: Blythe Community Center, Georgia Highway 88

Hephzibah: Jesse Carroll Community Center, 4681 Windsor Spring Road

Source: Richmond County Board of Elections

Columbia County precincts

Precinct 10:

Kiokee Baptist Church

Precinct 15:

Lewis Memorial Methodist Church

Precinct 20:

Harlem Middle School

Precinct 21:

New Hope Baptist Church

Precinct 25:

Bessie Thomas Community Center

Precinct 26:

Euchee Creek Elementary School

Precinct 30:

Grovetown City Hall

Precinct 31:

Board of Education DOI Building (Grovetown)

Precinct 32:

Greater Augusta Apostolic Church

Precinct 40:

Eubank Blanchard Community Center

Precinct 50:

Leah Fire Department

Precinct 60:

Evans Elementary School

Precinct 61:

Greenbrier High School

Precinct 65:

Evans Sanctified Church

Precinct 70:

Blanchard Park

Precinct 74:

Westmont Elementary School

Precinct 75:

Brookwood Elementary School

Precinct 76:

Marvin Methodist Church

Precinct 80:

Martinez Elementary School

Precinct 85:

Westside Christian Church

Precinct 90:

Abilene Baptist Church

Precinct 100:

Martinez Community Center

Precinct 105: Stevens Creek Elementary School

Precinct 106: Savannah Rapids Pavillion

Precinct 107: Water Branch Baptist Church

Precinct 108: Bakerwoods Baptist Church

Precinct 110: South Columbia Elementary School

Precinct 111: Lakeside Middle School

Precinct 115: Martinez Baptist Church

Precinct 120: Belair Elementary School

Precinct 125: Church of Our Savior

Precinct 130: Evans Middle School

Precinct 131: Grace Baptist Church

Precinct 132: Wesley Methodist Church

Precinct 135: Riverside Middle School

Precinct 136: Blue Ridge Elementary School

Precinct 137: Christ the King Lutheran Church

Source: Columbia County Board of Elections