Lots of people voting early

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News 12 at 6:00, September 26, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Early voting. A popular option in what many are calling a historical election.

"There wasn't a line at all. You didn't have to wait. It was good," Rashawn Curry said.

Early voting started Monday. Yesterday, around 1,300 people had already cast a ballot. Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director, Lynn Bailey expects at least 400 more voters today.

"I think for a lot of people, they're just excited to be voting. The anticipation and buildup to this election has been going on since our presidential primary back in February," Lynn Bailey said.

And while hundreds are taking advantage of early voting, hundreds more are registering to vote. The deadline to do that for the November election is October 6th. As for early voting, as of yesterday, 82,000 people voted in the state of Georgia.

"I think it's good. A lot of people that haven't voted in the past, they're voting now, and you see a lot of people out to vote. So I think it's going to be a good election," Curry said.

Early voting ends Friday, October 24th in the Board of Elections Office. The following Monday, October 27th begins advanced voting week where there will be more locations opened to vote early. Bailey says they're ready to handle huge lines of voters. They're already training poll workers and they've even bought extra machines for election day.

"I've worked many presidential elections before, and I've never worked one that had quite this feel to it. Voters are so excited to be voting. They're anxious to vote," Bailey said.