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Lee County election officials prep for busy Tuesday

By Len Kiese - bio | email

November 3, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Election workers in Lee County spent Monday getting their ten precincts up and running and making last-minute checks of equipment.

Between early votes and voting on Tuesday, more than 17,000 potential voters will cast ballots in Lee County. Election officials hope it's a smooth process.

More than 2-million Georgians stood in lines and cast votes early for the November 4th election. In Lee County, about 37-percent of registered voters made political choices in advance.

On Tuesday, election officials were busy getting ready for the other 63-percent.

"Filing all the voter registration cards that come in," said one election office worker.

Eyes were in concentration mode as registration cards are being put in order so they're easily accessible on election day. Express poll machines were also getting programmed Tuesday afternoon and all the i's were dotted and t's crossed.

"Staffed all the precincts pretty heavily and we've made sure we've equipped workers with all the materials they'll need to process voters quickly and efficiently," said Veronica Johnson.

Lee County Election Supervisor Veronica Johnson expects a big turnout at the county's ten precincts. "In 2004 during the presidential year, Lee County had a 79.4 percent voter turnout and I really expect us to top it this year," said Johnson.

Johnson has much needed advice for those voters. "We do realize that it will be a lot of people voting so be patient and don't be in a rush to get through the whole process," said Johnson.

Although that process will keep election officials busy, it's this time of year that gets the election adrenaline rushing. "We also get a little stressed but we get really excited and we want as many people to take part of the process as we can," said Johnson.

So when the polls open at 7 a.m., workers will be ready.  All you have to do is show up. You'll even get a sticker to prove it.  

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