Early voting off to slow start

Published 7:47 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Poll workers Charlie Mae Phillips and Zack Calhoun are waiting to help citizens who want to cast early votes.|Brennan Leathers

Early voting for Georgia’s presidential primary and a City of Bainbridge referendum is off to a slow start in advance of Election Day on March 6.
Only 19 people had cast early votes in person at the Decatur County Fairgrounds as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fifteen people voted on Monday and poll workers speculated the rainy weather on Tuesday may have discouraged people from coming in to vote.
All Decatur County voters will get to cast votes for the presidential candidate of their choice, while City of Bainbridge residents will also get to decide whether Sunday alcohol sales will be allowed within city limits.
Early voting will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday from Feb. 13 through Feb. 24 — except for Presidents’ Day on Feb. 20, when no voting will occur.
The Board of Elections will offer early voting on Saturday, Feb. 25, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., also at the Fairgrounds.
Between Feb. 27 and March 2 (the Friday before the election), early voting will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. By state rules, no early voting will take place on Monday, March 5, the day before Election Day.
People who want to check their voter registration status, locate where they vote, look at a sample ballot and find out more voting-related information can visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.
Voters can also call the Decatur County Board of Elections office at (229) 243-2087.