Warner Robins may break early voting records

chwright@macon.comOctober 18, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Early voting for the Nov. 5 election has been steady throughout the first week of the three-week period in Warner Robins, according to Elections Superintendent Kathy Cummings.

“I really think we’re breaking records this year,” Cummings said.

There are five races on the ballot: mayor and City Council posts 1, 3, 4 and 5.

As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, 739 voters had cast ballots this week, according to Cummings. She said the higher than usual early turnout has not slowed down the process, allowing voters to get in and out in less than five minutes.

“I have great people helping me out,” she said. “Ladies who have done this for years.”

Council chambers has been turned into a voting precinct, with machines lined up along one wall and a processing desk along the opposite wall. Residents fill out a form in the lobby, then enter council chambers.

“Very easy,” voter Charles Davis said of the process after casting his ballot Friday afternoon. “There were no crowds.”

Davis and his wife, Linda Davis, both retired, said they attribute the high turnout to the turmoil on the federal level.

“Maybe because of the disaster in D.C., people want to have a voice in their leadership,” Charles Davis said.

Still, 739 voters is only 1.7 percent of the 43,715 registered voters in Warner Robins.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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