Over 4,000 Bulloch County voters took advantage of early voting options. Now, Bulloch County Elections Superintendent Pat Lanier Jones hopes the rest of the county's registered voters will show up at the polls today to cast their votes.
"Is 35 percent (of registered voters) turnout too much to ask?" she said Monday. "I'd like to see that. We already have 12.43 percent (early voting.)"
Jones said 2,533 people voted early at the Bulloch County Courthouse elections office location; 952 visited the Honey Bowen Building on Max Lockwood Drive to cast their votes, and 647 people sent in paper absentee ballots.
"I am tickled to death" over early voter turnout, she said. "Especially with the turnout at the Honey Bowen Building, with it being the ‘new kid on the block.'"
Early voter activity "kept us busy without getting a backlog," she said, recalling lines that formed during the presidential election two years ago.
Lanier said Monday she did not have at hand figures on voter turnout for the last gubernatorial election, and could not access the information immediately due to other demands, such as helping get all Bulloch County voting precincts ready for today. She did predict an increase due to what appears to be more voter interest in this election.
Polls open today at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m., she said. Election results are expected to be available well after polls close, later in the evening, she said.
Jones reminds voters to bring photo identification when showing up to vote.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.