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Election day preps underway

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

November 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Just hours until election day voting begins.  36% percent of registered voters in Georgia have already cast their ballots, but every polling location is expected to be flooded with voters tomorrow. That's why they are preparing today for the big turnout.

Tuesday will be a busy day for voters, but Monday was the busy day for Linton James and his crew.  He said, "We're trying to get all the machines ready for voting tomorrow."

They went from precinct to precinct setting up each voting machine and making sure they couldn't be tampered with. "Because of security. Before we leave each precinct, they must all be locked up, each and every one of them."

And each and every machine the county has is set up for the big turnout, but you still may have to wait to vote. Elections Supervisor Carolyn Hatcher said, "We put as many as we could at each polling place. People are just going to have to realize they may have to stand in line. If they would like to bring folding chairs that's fine with us."

That's one reason 19 year old Deaundra Rush voted two weeks ago. "Crazy. It's going to be too many people, students and then including people voting and stuff," she said. But she says that shouldn't keep others away if they haven't yet voted because, "Every vote counts."

Linton hopes his hard work pays off, and that every machine he's worked to set up and secure will be utilized.  He said, "I hope that everyone come out and vote and do their civic duty and that's all we can expect for."  Hatcher said, "We're going to handle it as best we can. We've got a lot of poll workers, a lot of very capable people out there to do this."

And all you have to do is show up and vote. Polls close at 7PM but if you're in line then, you'll still be allowed to vote.

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