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Last day to register to vote

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 6, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thousands of new voters have registered to vote in the general election in Dougherty County. The biggest increase in registered voters is with black women. Eight thousand of them have registered to vote in Dougherty County since the Presidential election in 2004.

 Monday was the deadline to register, and many people pushed to get their registration in before time ran out. Elections workers had to form two lines this morning, one line for folks waiting to vote, another for those waiting to register.

 "I think it's very important," said 31-year old Antonio Wallace.  He's never voted before. He says he was just never into voting until now. "I want somebody to do better for the United States of America and to make things better."

Natasha Yountz isn't new to voting, just to Albany. That's why she's dropping off her voter registration. "I think it's really important to have a voice in this election."

As does Jeremiah Battle. He said, "Everybody's vote counts and the only way it's going to be heard is if you get out here and register."

Willie Harvey came to register himself at a new address. It's been a few years since he last voted. "Time for a change. We've been down for so long. People want to see something different. So that's why I came to registered to vote and not let this one slip my mind."

Gloria Peters is registered, but her 98-year old Grandmother recently moved to a nursing home. She wanted to make sure that new address wouldn't stop her from voting. "She told me to make sure that I bring this form because she wants to vote November 4th."

And if you want to vote November 4th, you must make sure you are registered by Monday. 

 Early voting is taking place right now for that election. Beginning October 20th, you can vote with less of a wait by going to the Riverfront Resource Center on Pine Avenue from 8:30 to 5PM.

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