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October 25, 2004

Albany - Even if you vote early, be prepared to wait in line. Advanced voting started Monday morning in Georgia, and some voters were surprised to find crowds at the election office.

More than 400 people voted on the first day of advanced voting in Dougherty County. Some people were waiting to vote before the doors opened at the government building downtown. Long lines were an unwelcome sight for some people who hoped advance voting would keep them from waiting on election day.

"This is the longest lines we've ever faced," said Martha Everson. Martha and O.B. Everson typically vote early because of their health conditions, but now anyone can take advantage of the week long advanced voting. "I'm impatient and I can't stand around and wait," said O.B. Everson. "So thought it was too many people and we should turn around and go back home. But, my wife said let's wait, and she's the boss."

More than 100 people cast their ballots in the first two hours of advanced voting. But, most didn't have to wait more than 10 to 15 minutes.

"There are still oaths to sign and forms to fill out, plus we have a limited space," said Elections Supervisor Carolyn Hatcher. About 10 voting machines are set up for early voters. Hatcher expects 2,000 Dougherty Countians will vote this week.

"We had about 1,000 people to vote in the primary, and we feel this will be a larger turn out," said Hatcher.

You can vote any day this week from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Voters can park for free this week at both parking decks downtown. Advanced voting ends Friday.

Outside Dougherty County, you can vote at your local voter registration office.

Posted at 4:20PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com