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Early voting window could shorten

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Georgia voters could have less time to cast a ballot before future election days.

Georgia Republicans want to shorten the state's early voting period to make the process cheaper and more convenient.

A bill would cut early voting from 45 days to 21 days. It would also open polling places for at least one Saturday to make the process more convenient.

 In Lee County this year, where they had several primaries and runoffs all with a 45 day early voting period, elections were costly.

"There was an awful lot of payroll associated with early voting period, and it's certainly money well spent when voters take advantage of that period. But I think there's options on the table that would concise it and help counties save money," said Lee County Elections Supervisor Veronica Johnson.

Supporters in the Senate say moving early voting closer to elections could help voters make more informed decisions.

If the bill passes, it must be approved by the Department of Justice.


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