Week closes with surge of early voting

Staff reportMay 16, 2014 

Early voting participation surged this week as Middle Georgians turned out in advance of Tuesday’s elections.

In Bibb County, 619 people came in to vote Friday, the last day to do so before Tuesday’s primary. That pushed the 16-day early turnout to 4,553 early votes. The lowest daily turnout came this past Saturday, when just 177 voters came to the office.

Local elections across the midstate could be decided on Tuesday, which will be the earliest primary in Georgia history.

In Houston County, early voting also was brisk this week. Roughly 2,000 voters turned out, compared to about 1,500 in the two weeks before that. As polls were closing at 5 p.m. Friday, 3,565 people had voted early.

For Tuesday’s elections, Georgians can find voting locations through www.mvp.sos.ga.gov online, the state’s “My Voter Page.” Sample ballots and other information is also available.

On election day, voters must show acceptable IDs to vote in person, such as any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID.

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