News 12 This Morning / Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Election Day is here. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m .Tuesday and lines started forming early.
They say before work, lunchtime and after work are going to be the busiest times, so if you are planning to head out to the polls during those times be ready to wait a few minutes. Once you make it through the line, the whole voting process should only take 5 to 10 minutes if you are prepared.
Phones have been ringing of the hook in the Richmond County Board of Elections Office in preparation for the election.
"We have more people registered to vote now at this particular moment in time than we have ever had before in Richmond County with just over 109,000 people registered to vote," said Lynn Bailey, director of the Board of Elections.
And of those 109,000 people almost 40,000 voted early.
"By the close of business Friday we had issued close to 40,000 ballots already in Richmond County so that's a great head start for Tuesday morning, but it does tell us that there's a big interest in this election," Bailey said.
But if you are not one of those people, there are a few things you need to know as you head out to the polls.
"Have your photo ID of course, know where you're going to, know where you're polling place is," Bailey said.
There are 50 polling places in Richmond County and each person is assigned to one.
"Find out before you leave, call us or go online and look yourself up," Bailey said.
They say these races have a big draw and not just because of the presidential election.
"You've got the obvious things on the ballot such as president and congress. Big important races, but sometimes the local races are almost more of a draw because they do tend to hit more directly, have a more direct effect on you," Bailey said.
Races like sheriff, district attorney, Augusta commissioners and many more are hotly contested races on this years ballot.
"The great thing about the ballot this year is that we do have so many contested races," Bailey said. "We see election after election where the top offices on the ballot are contested, but when you get down to the more local level, you don't see a whole lot of competition there so there certainly is a big draw for voters."
Another important thing to mention is that you don't have to cast a vote for everything.
"You can vote an office, skip three or four if you don't know the people or have no interest it's totally your choice," Bailey said.
You can find the information about your polling location here:
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The best times to go vote are around 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. If you are in line at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.