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Poll watchers to help voters in Lowndes County

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

November 3, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - If you are heading out to the polls Tuesday, you certainly won't be alone.

Nearly three million voters could cast their ballots Tuesday in Georgia.

But thousands of lawyers and poll watchers will also be on hand to assure the election goes off without a hitch.

Carol Petersen has volunteered to help with the general election in Lowndes County.

"It;s such an exciting moment for me to be a part of this historic moment that I feel I had to do some kind of volunteer work," Petersen says.

She's a poll watcher, hired to keep a close eye on voters and the polls in one of the county's 32 precincts.

"We have to look out for any discrepancies that might be going on when the voters come to vote. Make sure the process is going as smoothly as possible."

"So the poll watchers are trained on what the election procedures are and what to watch for," says Lowndes County Democratic Party Chair Dennis Marks.

The Lowndes County Democratic Party will have about sixty on hand. The Republican party will have them too, although they are not releasing those numbers. The state parties have also hired more than one thousand attorneys to visit polls in every part of the state. Together, they'll keep a watchful eye out for fraud, abuses and voter error.

And they say they are ready.

"Deb Cox, the supervisor of elections and the staff in her office and the board of elections have really worked overtime to make sure things go as smoothly as possible," Marks says.

Above all, they want to make sure everyone can cast a vote.

'If push comes to shove, everybody who comes to vote can cast a provisional ballot. The voter then has two days to provide voter id and missing information," Marks adds.


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