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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 9:25am

Bill Calls For Less Time To Vote Early

Some state lawmakers want to shorten the length of time people can vote early from 45 days to 21. The bill has bipartisan support because it would save money. Many smaller counties think it’s a good idea.

Crawford County election’s supervisor Brenda Peacock is in the midst of early voting for a special election. The winner will replace House District 136 Representative Tony Sellier who died in November.

The state requires that all counties, regardless of their size, meet certain requirements during a general election. Peacock says sustaining that for 45 days is a challenge.

“It’s a requirement by the state that you have three people in each voting precinct, especially when it’s just a small election it puts a hardship on the county as far as paying those individuals.”

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia says a recent survey found in counties with less than 10-thousand registered voters the average primary election vote cost nearly 80-dollars. Early voting was extended in 2008. Any changes would have to be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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