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Early voting numbers add up to busy election day

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Early voting for Tuesday's election is over, it ended about a minute ago.

Plenty of people took advantage of the opportunity to cast ballots before the election. 700 people voted in Dougherty County yesterday. If that's any indication, the polls will be busy Tuesday.

Whether it was the candy room or the election office voters hoping to avoid the lines election day found themselves waiting.

"Here we are stuck in line trying to get up there to vote," said Eugene Thomas, a voter.

The last two days of early voting have been some of the busiest, with more than 700 people voting in Dougherty County just yesterday.

"The best numbers we've had this year," said Ginger Nickerson, Albany-Dougherty Elections Supervisor.

"Every time there's an election I vote, so it's no different than any other election," said Randy Reagan, a voter.

Whether it was the routine or a specific race those who did cast a ballot hope those who didn't will vote Tuesday.

"That's your duty to get out and vote, if you're old enough to vote, if you're registered to vote you should go out and voice your, that's the only way you're going to have a voice," said Trudy Cross, a voter.

Some voted early to take their time, with five constitutional amendments and other referendums depending on the county there's a lot to read.

"The sales tax, I think we should take our time and really read and see what we're getting taxed for extra and see how its going to benefit us," said Ricky Cross, a voter.

"The choices might be tough for some people but for the ones who have been putting people back in office, they'll know exactly what they're putting them back for," said Thomas.

Friday voters just hope everyone has done their homework, so you're prepared when you cast your ballot.

Election officials here believe an increase in election advertisements has also helped drive voters to the polls to vote.

Eight percent of Dougherty County voters had cast ballots by yesterday. Only 26 percent voted in the July primary.

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