News 12 First at Five, February 1, 2008
Augusta, Ga. --- We're just days away from Super Tuesday. Absentee ballots have been mailed in, and many others are taking advantage of advanced voting.
"Trying to beat the rush and making sure I get my vote in," Mary Collier said.
Executive Director of the Richmond County Board of Elections, Lynn Bailey said advanced voting has been going well.
"It's been a great thing to see. We've seen more enthusiasm during this election than we've seen in the last few elections. So it's good. It's a good vibe in the air. Voters seem to be excited," Lynn Bailey said.
Bailey said they've seen a steady stream of advanced voters. Many people came early this week, to beat the crowd.
"So I come down here and just walk right in and vote and don't have to wait in no lines. No waiting at all," Horace Lampkin said.
Bailey said the voters that come in are excited and ready to get the process started of electing their president. Because it's a close race on both sides, Bailey said people are inspired to get out and vote. And she said she expects a good turnout Tuesday.
"We're thinking somewhere between 30 and 35% which is a very good turnout for this type of election," Bailey said.
Along with 21 other states, voters in Georgia will soon get their turn to cast their ballots.
"Well I think everybody that wants change should come out and vote because if you don't vote there's no need for you complaining about anything. So come out and vote. Make your vote count," Lampkin said.
Friday is the last day for advanced voting.
Final figures from the Richmond County Board of Elections showed 4975 voters cast ballots at the three locations in Augusta. 3684 were
Democratic primary voters and 1291 Republicans.
Nancy Gay, the Registration Coodinator of the Columbia County Board of Elections, reminds voters that there will be NO voting, not even Absentee, in county boards of election offices Monday, February 4.