ALBANY, GA (WALB) - You can now cast ballots in this month's primaries in local and state races. Election officials say the first day of early voting was unusually busy.
Early voters like Nicole Crawford are making sure their vote counts.
"I work, so my schedule sometimes does not permit," said Nicole Crawford, Voter. "So to ensure that my voice be heard I wanted to come and early vote."
Crawford is one of dozens of voters who cast their ballot in Dougherty County Monday. Election officials say Monday's turnout was impressive.
"A little over 100-people today which is good for us for a first day, so we've been quite pleased," said Ginger Nickerson, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor.
Requests for absentee ballots have also been strong. They've mailed out close to 400 ballots and have received more than 100. Lee County's early voting numbers today were more than twice what is normal.
"Those candidates are campaigning, the signs are out, of course the media assist us with getting the word out and people are interested and they come in and find out what really is all on the ballot," said Nickerson.
In Worth County, voters got a chance to meet nearly 20 candidates.
"We're trying to generate interest and learning and having an opportunity for people to learn about the different candidates that are running for the various offices," said Becky Geer, Chairman of the Government Committee of the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce.
Each candidate had a minute to introduce themselves and state their political platform.
"We're hoping to increase our voter numbers," said Geer.
Dougherty County election officials hope the number of voters continues to climb.
"Hopefully the momentum builds and we'll continue going upward," said Nickerson.
Early voting continues through Friday May 20th with Saturday voting on the 14th. In Albany, that will be held at the Riverfront Resource Center which will also be open the final week of early voting. The primary election day is May 24th.