Voting lines are shorter now, however morning rush was heavy

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Voters wait in line at Julian Smith Casino early Tuesday morning.  Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Voters wait in line at Julian Smith Casino early Tuesday morning.

The morning voting rush has ended and observers say shorter lines seem to be moving well.

At the Warren Road Baptist Church polling place, only seven people waited in line to vote at 10:30 a.m.

At Asbury United Methodist Church, about a dozen were waiting.

At 10:15 about 50 were in line at National Hills Baptist Church to vote.

At Williston, S.C., precinct one, there were approximately 40 people in line waiting to vote at 9 a.m. By this time 225 voters had been there before them since the precinct opened two hours earlier. By 9 a.m., Williston precincts two and three had already had 95 and 151 voters, respectively.

Williston voter Stephanie Mitchell said she votes in each election.

“This is an important election because of the presidential race,” she said.

Liekwise, Ruth Livingston of Williston, said she recognized the election’s significance.

“We all have our voices and we have to speak them,” she said.

Voting was reported as brisk at several of the precincts in McDuffie County this morning, according to Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler.

Ms. Wheeler said more than 5,000 registered voters cast ballots during the early voting period and that she anticipates about an 85 percent turnout of voters before the polls close tonight at 7 p.m.

In McDuffie County, voters will be deciding among a total of 12 candidates vying to fill four seats on the local school board.

Additionally, voters also will be deciding another important issue: whether to say yes or no to a referendum question calling for the sale of distilled spirits by the drink on Sunday at local restaurants.

Elsewhere, the lines were long this morning.

Judy Teasley, poll manager at the Bible Cathedral precinct in Evans, said 46 voted in the first 15 minutes.

The precinct is Columbia County's largest, with 3,078 registered voters. But even with long lines, most voters were able to get through in about 30 minutes.

That's good, Ms. Teasley said.

"We're a point-and-click, drive-through society," she said. "People don't like waiting in line."

In Richmond County, Dwanette Dullings, a math teacher at A.R. Johnson Magnet School, said she had hoped to be first in line this morning at her polling place at Dyess Park on James Brown Boulevard.

She was 20th at 6 a.m.

“I wanted to get here early,” she said. She also brought her 10-year son, adding, “I wanted him to experience this with me, as well.”

She also passed the time constructively. She graded papers.

Eric Tate was first in line at the May Park polling place on Fourth Street.

“I wanted to get here early just because I’m anticipating ling lines,” he said. “Plus I had to get my daughter off to school.”

Elsewhere, 80-year-old L.E. Davis was first in line at Crawford Avenue Baptist Church.

He said he got up at 4 a.m., but it wasn’t much of a stretch. That’s when he usually gets up.

“I never miss an election,” he said.

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At the back of the Crawford Avenue line was Sarah Evens, 26, who admitted she was ready for the election to be over.

“Most people have decided, so it’s time,” she said.

She also explained why she was there.

“I wanted to vote on Election Day because I want to be part of the day instead of voting early,” she said.

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spotted_assassin
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spotted_assassin 11/04/08 - 09:36 am
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No matter how long those

No matter how long those lines get out there today...WAIT!
If you can wait in line for the big sales after Thanksgiving, then you can surely wait in line for this! VOTE OR DIE!

KingJames
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KingJames 11/04/08 - 09:52 am
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The staff at the AC should

The staff at the AC should have proofed this story before posting. There are a few typos, and I think Ms. Teasley probably said that people don't like waiting in lines, especially since she said "We're a point-and-click, drive-through society."

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 11/04/08 - 10:17 am
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I voted. The lines were

I voted. The lines were long, but they moved swiftly. Much credit is due to the volunteers running the precincts. VOTE OR DON'T!! Death is a little to great a consequence for not voting.

spotted_assassin
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spotted_assassin 11/04/08 - 10:31 am
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'Vote or Die' was just a

'Vote or Die' was just a slogan from the 2004 elections used to inspire young voters!
Just wanting to get across the importance each vote means during this election!
...but again I say, WAIT! If you can wait to vote for 'Dancing with the Stars', and 'American Idol', then you can wait in line to vote today!
YES, IT IS THAT IMPORTANT!!!
VOTE OR DIE!

karmakills123
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karmakills123 11/04/08 - 10:34 am
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GOOD MORNING COMRADES !!!

GOOD MORNING COMRADES !!! Voted early and often........ran into Micky and Pluto saw a few goofys and sneezys...all in all a typical scenerio.....Dont Blame Me I Voted For McCain !!!!

Poor-Enough
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Poor-Enough 11/04/08 - 10:51 am
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South Augusta lines were

South Augusta lines were long, but moved quickly, once the precinct opened. One guy tried to vote, but had already voted absentee. The caught him and moved him to the side. Don't know if there is a legal problem here. But he was not allowed to vote "often". That's a good thing. the workers are on the ball!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/04/08 - 11:47 am
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Good for the system and shame

Good for the system and shame on the man who tried to vote twice. There should be some penalty for that!!!! I'm sure others are probably trying it too!!

061207
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061207 11/04/08 - 12:09 pm
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i have baracked my vote

i have baracked my vote

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 11/04/08 - 12:12 pm
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Vote or don't complain what

Vote or don't complain what you get! I voted McCain.

kingcobra
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kingcobra 11/04/08 - 12:13 pm
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That's ACORN for ya...they

That's ACORN for ya...they want people to vote often to steal the election. Does this suprise any of you ....especially when they register The Dallas Cowboys in another state and many other voter registration fraud complaints throughout the US.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 11/04/08 - 12:14 pm
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Can someone hold me a spot in

Can someone hold me a spot in line? I can deliver lunch -

keysplease
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keysplease 11/04/08 - 12:58 pm
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I went around 9:30 and there

I went around 9:30 and there weren't many people there. One of the poll workers said the line was out to the street earlier in the morning. And yes, I think that it's great that I've lived to see a viable African-American candidate for president; however, I'm one African-American who did not vote for him. "Just because he's black" is not a reason. How could I vote for someone who cuts across every political, social, and economic principle that I have? I guess I'm going to have to turn in my Negro card to the NAACP! ;-)

crazyoldman
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crazyoldman 11/04/08 - 01:34 pm
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I went to Cokesbury United

I went to Cokesbury United Methodist Church at 10:00AM and voted for Sarah Palin, I mean John McCain, 6 minutes from the time I parked my truck until I got back in my truck.

crazyoldman
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crazyoldman 11/04/08 - 01:38 pm
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A-men, keysplease, you must

A-men, keysplease, you must be a caring educated person.

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