Saturday voting across midstate at hand

Staff reportMay 9, 2014 

The one day of Saturday voting across Middle Georgia this election cycle has arrived.

Election offices across the midstate will be open for voting in advance of the May 20 primary election.

So far, early voting tallies have been lackluster, at least in Bibb County.

“Voters are not used to voting this time of year,” said Jeanetta R. Watson, the elections supervisor. “You’ve got graduations, proms and other things going on. Voters are taking care of other priorities.”

Many local elections will soon be decided, though, well before the customary July primaries that voters are used to.

Saturday voting will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Houston County Board of Elections office, 801 Main St. , Perry, and at the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections office, 2445 Pio Nono Ave.

Early voting wraps up in the coming week. Houston County’s Board of Elections office will continue serving early voters weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 801 Main St., Perry, through May 16. Sites at the back of the old Houston Mall off Watson Boulevard and at Central Georgia Technical College’s Building G, will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Weekday Bibb County voting will be held 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections office.

In Bibb County, 2,376 people had voted early through Friday.

In voting Friday, about 250 people had passed through Houston County’s election sites, bringing the early voting total to some 1,497 voters by 4:10 p.m. With about 73,000 registered voters, turnout is now at about 2 percent.

Regular in-person early voting will continue until May 16. Georgians can find early voting locations in their county through www.mvp.sos.ga.gov online, the state’s “My Voter Page.” Sample ballots, polling location and other information are available.

For information on other counties, call the local board of elections or visit the My Voter Page at http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us online.

And if you miss early voting before May 16, of course, you can still vote on the actual election day, May 20.

Staff writers Mike Stucka and Oby Brown contributed to this report.

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