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Early voting drawing crowds
6,000 ballots cast into Tuesday
voting gals
People line up at the desk in the registrar of voters office. - photo by Photo by Lauren Hunsberger
Following state and national trends, residents of Liberty County are lining up at the polls in record numbers to cast early votes.
On Tuesday, Liberty County elections supervisor Ella Golden said that more than 6,000 people have already voted early and the number is climbing by the minute.
In comparison, Whitney Halterman, communications specialist for secretary of State Karen Handel, said that as of Tuesday afternoon, more than 1,206,891 Georgians have taken advantage of early voting. This equates to more than one-fifth of the state’s registered voters.
Several local voters say they’re happy to be able to cast their votes early and have had relatively easy, good experiences with the system.
“You never know what could come up on Election Day,” Laticia Brown from Hinesville said as she waited inside the Commerce Street polling site Tuesday morning. “This way you can plan ahead.”
Flexibility and convenience appears to be a draw for early voting, which has been open for approximately six weeks of early voting opportunity.
“I really like the process because on Election Day, you never know what your schedule is going to be like,” said Cheryl Peterson, who stood in line to vote Tuesay. “I think it encourages a lot more people to come out and vote.”
Despite long lines and waiting times, many think lines are shorter now than they will be on Election Day.
“It’s also not as crowded, which is a really good thing,” Brown said.
To ease the heavy foot traffic, a few Georgia
counties are opening additional early voting sites, but Golden said Liberty County does not have any plans to open  more sites. The only Liberty County early voting location remains at 102 S. Commerce St. The hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For additional information, call 876-3310.
In an effort to keep Liberty County residents voting, state Rep. Al Williams is holding a non-candidate specific voting rally.
“The rally is designed to maximize the turnout on Nov. 4,” Williams said. “And to provide assistance to any voter who needs it.”
The rally will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Dorchester Center in Midway.
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