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Board says "NO" to Saturday voting

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – There will be no Saturday voting in Dougherty County, at least for now.

The Board of Elections voted 4 to 1 at a special call meeting late today.

It would have cost the county about $1,200 dollars to open a polling location downtown for four hours one Saturday.

Most board members say voters already have plenty of opportunities to cast a ballot.

"We felt like there were a lot of options, I'm not against Saturday Voting per say, they're just 6 of 159 counties that do that, I didn't feel we needed to do that," said Alan Pendleton, Board of Elections Chair.

"It would have been a good message for the board to send a message to the voters that we're serious and will do everything we can to bring you out, and if giving you a Saturday would make a difference, we want to see it," Constance Burkes, Dougherty Co. Democratic Committee Chair.

The Democratic Party may file a challenge to try to force the county to allow voting one Saturday because early voting will only be available for 44-days.

But Elections officials say that's not correct.  Absentee ballots will be available for a full 45 day window which complies with state law.

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