ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Dougherty County Elections Board has approved an additional day to early vote in the Jan. 5 runoff elections.
Early voting will be available on Saturday, Dec. 19.
Voters can cast their ballot from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
“The elections board got a letter from Adam Sparks, an attorney in Atlanta, recently, and he was simply stating to the election board that we’re not following the statutory guidelines on advanced voting,” said Dougherty county’s attorney, Spencer Lee.
The attorney representing the “New Georgia Project” says polls should be open three extra days... December 19th and 24th, and either January 2nd or January 4th.
Because December 24th is a state holiday and because January 2nd and 4th will be used to move election equipment around for Election Day. December 19th was the only day the elections board had left to vote on.
“And so the only day we’re dealing with here today, If it’s your desire, is the 19th. And we do have to have the 19th as an advanced voting day. So we’re going to need to change that. And that’s why we’re here today,” said Lee.
Although Attorney Spencer Lee felt that election law required the December 19th voting option, one member of the elections board felt it was was optional.
In the end, the board voted unanimously to offer the Saturday voting option.
Black Voters Matter’s Co-Founder says this is a win for the people of Albany.
“It’s in incredibly important that folks have weekend options, when they don’t have to work, when they don’t have to compete with some other things, when they’re free to come out- they’ll cast their vote. Hopefully not have to wait a long line- but if they do have long lines- it’s not as bad as when takes place during the weekdays,” said Cliff Albright, Black Voters Matter’s Co-Founder and executive director.
Early voting for Dougherty County voters will be at the Albany Civic Center.