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Board of Elections to meet to discuss Saturday voting

ALBANY, Ga: The Dougherty County Board of Elections will have a special-called meeting Wednesday to discuss whether to allow voters to head to their precincts and vote on Saturdays.

The issue was first brought up by Constance Burkes, head of the Dougherty Democratic Party, at last week's monthly meeting. The board ultimately tasked Elections Superintendent Ginger Nickerson with gathering information on the feasibility of the move and report back to the board.

The biggest issue, based on discussion among board members at the meeting, is the cost associated with allocating personnel and resources to open at least one precinct up on a weekend.

The issue has been largely shunned by Republicans who scoffed at the idea when it was brought up during a recent local Republican fundraiser.