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Early voting a success so far

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- More than 800 ballots have been cast locally in the first two weeks of early voting, elections officials say.

The flow of voters into the downtown elections headquarters is by far eclipsing that of the early voting period during the July primary, Dougherty Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said.

"We've definitely had a steady flow," Nickerson said. "We're averaging about 400 voters each week."

There are still almost four full weeks left in the early voting period before election day on Nov. 2, and it appears voters statewide are taking advantage of the period.

According to information from the secretary of state's office, Cobb County currently leads in state voter turnout with Fulton and DeKalb counties close behind.

Despite the fact that early voting started Sept. 20, those who aren't registered to vote still have the opportunity, although Nickerson said that window is closing fast. The final day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election is Monday.

While the turnout likely won't best that of the 2008 presidential elections, Nickerson said 817 voters in two weeks is a good start for a mid-term election.

A listing of candidates and amendments on the Dougherty and Lee county ballots will run in Sunday's edition of the Herald.

The week of Oct. 25, Dougherty County elections officials will open a second downtown voting site at the Candy Room on Pine Avenue next to the Albany Herald parking lot.

All voting will temporarily cease Monday, Nov. 1, before the polls open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 2.