ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to the Dougherty County Office of Elections, only 14% of registered voters in the county participated in the 2012 presidential preference primary.
Election officials hope more of Dougherty County's 50,000 registered voters will cast their ballots this year.
Early voting started on Monday, February 8, and ends Friday, February 26. Dougherty County voters can vote at the Office of Elections located on the second floor of Albany's Government Center Building.
Voters can cast their ballots Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. A picture identification card is required.
Supervisor of elections Ginger Nickerson says they will accept a passport, valid gun permit, or an expired Georgia driver's license. The other requirement is that each voter must choose a political party.
"This is a primary election and we are required to choose a party to vote, not our law but the state law. So, we want everyone to come out and look at the sample ballots and make their decision," Nickerson says.
A state mandated Saturday voting opportunity will take place on Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Dougherty County residents will vote at the Riverfront Resource Center located at 125 Pine Avenue in Dougherty County.
All 159 counties in Georgia will allow their residents to vote on Saturday. For a location nearest you, contact your local elections office.
Super Tuesday, March 1, will be the last chance for voters in Georgia to vote in the primary. Polls will open at 7:00 a.m.