Election officials across the state are seeing more people registering in anticipation of the presidential election. Voters may be seeing longer lines this time because the early voting period is shorter.
The early voting period has been cut from 45 days to 21 days. Officials have added a Saturday … October 27th.
Janet Shellnut, director of Henry County elections and registration, says if current interest is any indication, voter turnout will be even higher this year than it was in 2008.
She says “We actually are having between 75 and 150 people come in a day, either registering or checking their registration, or applying for an absentee ballot. And it will get heavier between now and the 9th.”
October 9th is the last day to register to vote in the November election.
Gail Schrader, supervisor of elections in Athens-Clarke County, says they saw 78% turnout for the last presidential election.
“I think we’ll get near to that. I don’t feel at this point like it might be as strong a turnout. But we still do a good turnout for any presidential election.” she says. “We are already mailing absentee ballots out to folks that need to vote by mail. Early voting in person starts October 15th.”