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Early voting begins for 2016 presidential race

Voters enter Government Center to cast ballot Voters enter Government Center to cast ballot
Eric Edwards, Voter Eric Edwards, Voter
Ginger Nickerson, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor
Tommy Coleman, Attorney Tommy Coleman, Attorney
Early Voting sign Early Voting sign
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

We can now vote in Georgia's presidential preference primaries.
 Early voting started Monday, but a lot of the candidates on the ballot won't even be in the race when election day gets here.

Eric Edwards cast his ballot Monday, the first day of early voting for the Presidential Preference Primaries in Georgia.

"It's an opportunity because my work schedule is hectic,” said Eric Edwards, Voter. “So I just want to make sure my vote counts whether it's right or wrong."

Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson says the first day of voter turnout was slow.

"I mean it's the first day, they're trickling in so hopefully once they get the news then they can get prepared to come out and cast that ballot they will come out and do that with us,” said Ginger Nickerson, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor.

Attorney Tommy Coleman, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party, says Early voting has changed the strategy of campaigns.

"It really seems to me it makes significant changes on how a candidate would get their message to the public and how they would package that message and when they would deliver it,” said Tommy Coleman.

He says early voting is convenient and a great way to get people to cast ballots, but voting early means you pick a candidate based on what they're telling voters in states much different from Georgia.

"It seems to me to not allow everybody to consider the message as it's delivered in your state,” said Coleman.

Plus, a half dozen candidates on the ballot in Georgia have already dropped out of the race and more certainly will over the next few weeks. 

"I would certainly wait until there was a welling of the candidates and I was certain that this candidate that I was going to vote for was actually going to be in the race by the time they got to Georgia,” said Coleman.

The Georgia Presidential Primary election day will be March 1st.

The last day to vote early is February 26th.  In Dougherty County, you vote at the elections office in the Government Center.  Saturday voting will be held on February 20th at the Riverfront Resource Center on Pine Avenue.

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