ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Thousands of voters have cast ballots so far in Albany Tuesday. At most precincts, like Sherwood Acres School, there has been little or no wait. That may be partially due to new technology that speeds up the voting process.
Adrian Jackson was one of hundreds to show up at Merry Acres Middle School and make her selections for local and state leaders today. "So that we can get what we need for our kids, for our neighborhoods, our school and do the positive thing. We can't complain if we don't vote," she said.
And while it appeared that not many people were voting, Merry Acres was actually one of the busiest precincts of the 28 in Dougherty County.
"It has come sort of in spurts at different times, but early this morning we were quite busy," said Lloyd Saxon, an Elections Volunteer.
And when the busy rush came, this new technology helped speed voters through. "It is a scanner that attaches to the express poll equipment that looks up the voter. What the scanner does is scan the driver's license of the voter."
The scanners are part of a pilot program being tried out by the Secretary of State's office in 31 counties. It immediately pulls up the information of voters. That is, of course, if they show up.
"well, I just think you need to go down, vote to have a voice in your government and say who's going to represent you," said Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson.
Adrian Jackson agrees. She says others have sacrificed too much, for you not to take advantage of your rights. "Fought and died for you to vote, so go do it."
And you still have almost two hours left to make that happen. There are close to 50,000 registered voters in Dougherty County, but it appears most of them haven't gotten off their couches to vote today. At the latest count, only about 7,000 of those registered, around 17% had cast ballots.
Polls close promptly at 7:00 PM. If you are in line at that time, you will be allowed to vote. If you don't know where to go, you can call your elections office and ask. In Dougherty County, that number is 431-3247.