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Saturday voting boosts numbers

ALBANY, Ga. -- A strong turnout for the state's only Saturday voting day before the Nov. 6 General Election has bolstered Dougherty County early voting numbers, officials say.

According to the Dougherty County Elections office, 865 people cast ballots Saturday, bringing the total number of early voters to 9,110 as of 8:30 a.m. Monday morning.

In rough numbers, that means that more than 17 percent of the 53,000 registered voters in Dougherty County have voted early with a week left before voters go to the polls on Nov. 6 at their local voting precinct.

While strong, those numbers are still trending below 2008 early-voting totals when 17,918 Dougherty voters cast a ballot before election day. All totaled, 39,042 would go on to vote in the 2008 General Election.

In neighboring Lee County where there there is a pair of local races on the ballot -- the race between District 4 County Commissioner Rick Muggridge and Independent candidate Tim Nelson and the race between Luke Singletary and Mary Egler for the District 2 seat -- turnout has also been steady, with 3,648 ballots cast as of Monday morning.

That's a voter turnout so far of more than 19 percent, according to elections officials.