Voter flow stays steady heading into final week

ALBANY, Ga. -- With time before the Nov. 2 general election waning, Dougherty County elections officials say that nearly 2,500 people have cast their ballots during the early voting period.

The county's early voting precinct, operating out of the Dougherty County Elections Office at the government center downtown, has experienced a steady flow of voters since election officials opened their doors to voters in September, Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said.

"We've had a steady stream of voters and right now are close to 2,500 voters," Nickerson said. "We'll top that before election day."

Elections officials say they believe several high-profile regional races, as well as a contentious gubernatorial campaign between former Gov. Roy Barnes and former congressman Nathan Deal, is pulling in the voters.

"I think people know there are several close races that could be decided by just a few votes ... so they're coming out and giving their vote," Nickerson said.

Beginning Monday, elections officials will open a second voting location at the Candy Room, located at 125 Pine Ave. next to the Flint RiverQuarium. Both that location and the elections office location will remain open all week until Friday. Precincts will remain closed on Nov. 1 before all precincts open at 7 a.m. on Nov. 2.