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Early voting begins in Lowndes County

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LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Early voting started today in Lowndes County. The board of elections supervisor says typically voter turnout is around 12 to 13 percent during municipal elections.

But with a few heated races and a referendum on the ballot, she predicts better turnout.

A new precinct is even open during advanced voting. An interest in politics has been building at Valdosta State University and now the school, the first in the state, will have it's own polling place, run by students.

"Sororities, and fraternities government classes," said Deb Cox, Supervisor of Elections. "It's a concerted effort to bring them up to speed on the candidates and the issues to bring them out to vote. We saw it a few election cycles for that when John Eunice brought them all out."

 Twenty students will run the precinct during Advanced Voting under VSU Poll Manager Bill Eger.

"It's all computerized so students are able to adapt to it pretty well, said Donovan Head, VSU Assistant Poll Manager. "We're being introduced to new stuff today."

Students are training at the Lowndes County Board of Elections.

"Provisional voting, which is when you vote on paper. You don't have you're I.D. or anything like that," said Shelina Smith, VSU Poll Watcher. "We learned about the express poles."

Advanced voting starts October 26th. Voters can cast  a ballot at the Board of Elections or go to Valdosta State University. The school hopes to have the largest voter turnout in the state."

Head doesn't think this will be a problem.

"I think it's pretty doable considering it's a low turn-out election," said Head.

Early Voting is at the Lowndes County Board of Elections runs through the 23rd.

"There's no sense waiting to stand in line that's the way I look at that," said Don Prout, Valdosta voter.

He says he was finished voting today in five minutes.  Advanced voting is October 26 through the 30 at the Lowndes County Board of Elections or Valdosta State University.

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