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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 12:26pm

Early Voting Is Slow But Steady

Election officials say early voting for the primary is slow but steady.

In Athens-Clarke County they are seeing about one hundred early voters a day. In Richmond County they are seeing 150 to 200 early voters a day.

Lynn Bailey, executive Director of the Richmond County Board of Elections, says there is one big issue that occurs every primary election.

“The biggest issue that we have had is people being forced to choose one party or the other party’s primary to participate in.”

And whichever one you choose, you will be limited to that party’s race, should there be a runoff.

This Saturday, voters will be able to cast a ballot during early voting.

Gail Schrader supervisor of elections in Athens-Clarke County, says they hope that will increase turnout.

“We did have Saturday voting for the March election and it turned out to be more popular for that smaller election than I thought it would. And I think we’ll see even more people coming out this coming Saturday.”

Election offices will be open from 9am to 4pm on Saturday statewide for early voting.

The primary is scheduled for July 31st.