The Union Recorder

October 25, 2012

Large crowd expected for early voting Saturday

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE —  

Nearly 3,500 early voters in Baldwin County cast their ballot in person as of Thursday, while approximately 570,000 voters across Georgia have already headed to the polls. With the early voting period extended Saturday, Chief Deputy Registrar Liz Rodgers said the extra day provides registered voters an additional resource to take part in the Nov. 6 general election.

“We have mailed out a total of 998 ballots and received back 439 in the mail. We’re still mailing out absentee ballots up until Friday, Nov. 2,” Rodgers said. “This number of early voters is expected for a general election. We are expecting a large crowd Saturday.”

Across the state, the early voting period will continue through Friday, Nov. 2. Voters can mark their ballots at the Baldwin County Courthouse in room 104 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Early voting will also extend Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the courthouse.

“I encourage voters to early vote,” Rodgers said. “My poll workers are doing an outstanding job. We had to hire them for the early voting period, and they are putting in some long hours accommodating the public.”

Voters will need to bring a valid form of identification, which may include a Georgia driver’s license, a valid voter identification card, a valid United States passport, a government-issued employee identification card, a United States military identification card or a valid tribal identification card. All forms of identification must include a photograph of the voter.

“So far everyone has been prepared,” Rodgers said, “and it’s going rather smoothly.”

Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Each voter must vote at the polling place designated for the precinct in which the voter lives.

“There will not be voting in the courthouse the Monday prior to the election,” Rodgers said. “Next Friday is the last day to early vote, then voters will go to their precincts on Election Day Tuesday.”

The Union-Recorder will feature a sample ballot in the Friday, Nov. 2 print edition.

For more information about early voting, absentee ballot requests, or voting requirements, call (478) 445-4526, or visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s web site at www.sos.ga.gov.

 

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