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Early voting near 14 percent

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- When the last voters cast their ballots Friday, they will have joined nearly 7,000 others during the 45-day early voting period, elections officials say.

When the final numbers are compiled for the early voting period, Dougherty County likely will have surpassed a 13.6 percent voter turnout.

When the doors to the Government Center closed at 5 p.m. Friday, Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said there had been more than 800 ballots cast Friday.

Friday concludes the early and advanced voting period. The downtown precincts will close Monday before all Dougherty County precincts open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Dougherty's turnout was mirroring voter turnout in other areas of south Georgia.

Earlier this week, turnout in Columbus-Muscogee County had surpassed 10 percent of the registered voters with their supervisor predicting a 60 percent turnout by the time the polls close Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Some have attributed the high voter turnout so far in that county to a high-profile, hotly contested mayoral race.

Statewide, the Secretary of State's Office says more than 348,198 people had cast their ballots as of Monday. That figure is likely to balloon as some districts are seeing much higher numbers this week than in previous weeks.