When Lee Massey saw the line outside of the Bibb County Board of Elections office Wednesday afternoon, his reaction was pretty straightforward.
He had some choice words for that, he said with a chuckle.
With about 60 people lined up in front of them, Massey and wife Susan, decided they would wait their turn to vote early, no matter how long it took.
It didnt discourage us from standing in line, he said.
Ironically, its the first time the Masseys have voted early.
Susan Massey said they were concerned about the wait on Election Day next Tuesday.
We figured its going to be a big turnout this year, she said.
Despite wait times between 30 minutes and an hour, few people have been discouraged by the long line, said Chief Registrar Veronica Seals.
By the end of Tuesday, more than 16,000 Bibb County voters took advantage of early voting for an average of more than 1,000 per day. Seals said 1,205 showed up for a special Saturday early voting session.
Its a little bit of a wait, she said. My advice is that people should just be prepared.
Karen Jett said she waited about an hour before she got a chance to vote Wednesday, but she was prepared for the wait.
Jett said she always votes early and still thinks her wait is more tolerable than what the crowds could be like on Election Day.
Ive always wondered why people wait to the last minute, she said. If you could (vote early), why wouldnt you?
Sibborni Carswell did a double take when she checked her cell phone to see how long she had been in line -- about an hour and 20 minutes.
She considered bailing out and going another time, but she ended up sticking it out.
I was already in line, so I figured I might as well get it over with.
By contrast, Houston County voters -- despite a bigger early-voting turnout -- have had relatively short wait times, county election officials said.
Officials said there were 22,570 early voters as of Wednesday morning, but because there are three polling places in the county, the average wait time isnt more than five minutes at the countys elections office in Perry.
Final turnout numbers for either county werent available for Wednesdays voting.
Early voting continues through Friday.
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.