Early Voting Now Under Way | Politics
Hundreds of people lined up at the Bibb County Board of Elections office Monday for the first day of early voting.
Although we won't have official numbers until late, Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr says it's typical to see a high turnout for an election like this.
The line of voters extended outside the Bibb County Board Elections office, and inside the sight was similar.
"It was a hurry up and wait," says voter David Smith. "They wait outside a long time and then you finally get in, you thought you were going to be able to vote. It kind of like being at Six Flags or Disney World."
Signs hung nearby promoting local candidates, but most voters say the presidential race is what brought them to the polls.
They say they waited for an hour, up to an hour and a half, some for their first chance to vote.
"It means a lot because now I know that as far as the country, and what goes on with it, that I'm a part of it now," said 18-year-old Destini Pettigrew.
Others came out to have their voices and opinions heard.
"After four years of troubling economy, division in the country I'm hoping this year we can start new," says Charlotte Jordan. She brought her granddaughter with her to the polls to show the importance of voting.
"It's very important," says Linda Burnett. "More than in 2008 because this is an election not about Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. This is the election about people's rights."
Carr says the turnout shows people take the presidential race seriously.
"You can't complain about it when you don't vote, so when you vote you have the right to say something," says voter Kristen Prater.
In Bibb County, early voting happens from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the county board of elections office, 2445 Pio Nono Ave.
In Houston County, you can vote early in three places:
- The Board of Elections office, 801 Main St., Perry;
- Houston County annex, 200 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins;
- Middle Georgia Technical College, 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins
Early voting in Houston County happens Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, early voting happens only at the board of elections office in Perry.
To know which precinct you vote at, the districts in your precinct, and what candidates you are eligible to vote for, voting officials say you should refer to your precinct ID card or contact your board of elections.
They also remind you to bring a drivers license or some other government-issued photo ID to the polls to comply with the state's Voter ID law.