Thousands cast early ballots in Middle Georgia

mstucka@macon.comNovember 2, 2012 

Hundreds of people across Middle Georgia continued to line up Friday to cast their ballots before the end of early voting in advance of next Tuesday’s elections.

More than 30,000 Houston County residents cast their ballots through early voting before polls closed Friday afternoon, said Beverly Nable, a registration election assistant. Early voting for Georgians began Oct. 15.

In Bibb County, 19,087 voters had voted as of Thursday, said Jeanetta Watson, the county’s elections secretary. With a long line at the Board of Elections office just before closing Friday, she expected turnout on the last day of early voting to exceed the daily average of 1,200 to 1,300 voters.

Both Nable and Watson said final early voting numbers were not available Friday.

Interest in the elections may be driven mostly by the presidential race between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But Middle Georgians also are casting votes on everything from county commission chairmen to Sunday alcohol sales.

With no early voting finished, voters will begin the final round of voting on Election Day itself. Voting begins Tuesday at 7 a.m., and polls will be open until 7 p.m.

Telegraph surveys of Middle Georgia elections superintendents showed tens of thousands of voters had already participated in the election through early voting.

Many of those races have already been detailed in The Telegraph and on the macon.com elections page, www.macon.com/elections online. Voters can get sample ballots, voting locations and other information through the state’s My Voter Page, mvp.sos.state.ga.us online.

Information is also available through each county’s elections offices. Those phone numbers include: Baldwin: (478) 445-4526; Bibb: (478) 621-6622; Crawford: (478) 836-1877; Houston: (478) 987-1973; Jones: (478) 986-3222; Laurens: (478) 272-2841; Monroe: (478) 994-7622; Peach: (478) 825-3514; and Twiggs: (478) 945-3639.

Telegraph writer Andrea Castillo contributed to this report. To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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