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February 4, 2008

Albany--  Voters in more than 20-states will take part in presidential primaries or caucuses Tuesday. But before Super Tuesday, it was a busy Monday for election workers making sure everything is ready.      

Clinton, Obama, Romney, McCain, Paul and Huckabee.  Those are all familiar names right now, all with a primary goal of bringing out the voters. Some South Georgians already plan to vote Super Tuesday.

"Yes I do," said Geneva Johnson.

The race has Geneva Johnson's attention. She has high expectations for the next United States President.

"For the most part, I would like for them to bring the troops home and make the economy better," said Johnson. But before she and the rest of the nation elects the new potential leader, it takes work.

"We've been very busy," said Elections Supervisor Carolyn Hatcher.

As quickly as Dougherty County election workers can get off the phone with voters, they're picking it right back up. "A lot of people are calling to see if they're registered," said Hatcher.

And those who aren't calling in, are showing up. "This election is turning into a bigger election than we had anticipated," said Hatcher.

Hatcher anticipates this excitement for any election so she and the rest of the crew have to always be prepared. As she sits behind a desk finishing up paperwork, another worker puts finishing touches on election equipment. 43,596 voters could touch those screens on election day.

"This is a whole new ball game and I think it's exciting for voters," said Hatcher.

That's why Hatcher says voters need to also be prepared. "They need to have their photo ID. Now the best piece of ID is the drivers license," said Hatcher.

She says there's no excuse not to vote Super Tuesday especially since they've done a lot of the finger, arm, and leg work. But she doesn't mind it too much. "Yeah, this is what it's all about. Election day is what we're here for," said Hatcher.

They're here to let voters like Johnson exercise a right. "If you don't go out and vote, you shouldn't say a thing because your vote is very important and it will make a difference," said Johnson.

She plans to make that difference as soon as the polls open up.

There are a total of 28 precincts in Dougherty County. It's important that you know where your precinct is.  It's on a card they send you in the mail. If you've moved since the last election and you haven't changed your address, go to your old precinct, vote there, and fill out a change of address card. Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 7 in the evening.

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