In Dougherty County, several races, including four County Commission and two School Board seats, will be decided in the primary. And voters are not taking the election for granted.
Poll workers say this is the best turnout they've seen in years, and voters say they did not want to miss the opportunity to elect their leaders.
Poll workers at the Carver Teen Center say people were lined up outside before the polls opened at 7:00 AM. "They were coming before we opened, even and we had to keep them out before we opened," said poll worker Toye Solomon.
At precincts across the County, poll workers are reporting higher than normal numbers. Some voters say the primary is bringing them to the polls. "I voted Democratic today,” said Lewis Brown. “I'm normally Republican, but I need to get the Democrat ticket today to get some people elected locally."
The District 12 Senate race is that will be decided today. Incumbent Michael Meyer von Bremen says his political fate is in the hands of voters. "I know work last week was nerve-wracking. But last night I knew it is in the hands of the voters and I'm relaxed today."
While the voter turnout has been strong, the peak time is from 4:00 until the polls close at seven. And, while the primary is important for local politics, most voters say they never take the right to vote for granted. "I feel personally any election is important for each American. It's a special right we have, other countries don't have the privilege," said Letitia Moultrie.