A new bill could reduce early voting days

Published: Feb. 10, 2015 at 3:58 AM EST
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ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - A bill that would reduce the number of early voting days in Georgia passed a House sub-committee Monday afternoon.

Early voting would be open for 12 straight days ending the Friday before an election day.

Any county that doesn't want early voting on the one Sunday during that period would have to add an additional Saturday at the front end.

Lee County Republican Ed Rynders is one of the sponsors.

He says the purpose is uniformity and saving money.

"For rural Georgia, I think it's gonna be a tremendous cost savings because you're gonna go from 21 days to 12 days, and for small cities it's another cost savings because at the end of the day, those are expensive in rural Georgia, elections are," said Rep. Ed Rynders, Lee County.

Rynders said there are early voting days in some small cities where no one shows up to vote.

Voting rights advocates spoke at today's hearing saying the state should be expanding not limiting access to voting.

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