Thousands cast ballots during advance voting

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News 12 at 6 o'clock/Saturday May 17, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)--Priscilla Gary has lived in Augusta for almost 15 years. She's voted in several elections, but says never experienced anything like the upcoming primaries.

"There's a few differences I think that we see with this particular election. It's a historical moment," she explained, referring to all five candidates for Augusta mayor being African American.

As News 12 previously reported, the election moving from November to May sparked a lawsuit claiming the move was illegal.

The suit was dropped, keeping the May date and Gary says she feels the Board of Elections worked to make sure voters stayed educated.

"I think there has been communication to make sure we still understood the process and at the end of the day, what's important is that we vote no matter what month of the year it is," she said.

And some of those votes have already been cast.

Advance Voting started on Saturday, May 10 and in the one week since early voting became an option, 6,617 ballots were cast, almost 1,700 of those cast on Friday, the last day of early voting.

"I think it's good that people have taken advantage to go ahead and do the early voting," said Gary. "Personally myself, this year I am voting on the 20th."

But, she says regardless of any drama leading to this election, standing in the long lines on Tuesday is worth the wait.

"At the end of the day, regardless of whom it is that's elected for the positions they'll be in charge of making a lot of key decisions that will impact the lives of each person," she said. "Your voice is important."

The last day of advance voting was Friday, May 16, so if you haven't cast your ballot you can do it on election day, Tuesday, May 20 from your assigned polling place.

For more 2014 election information, click the attached link to head over to more information from the Richmond County Board of Elections.

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