Registered Bulloch County voters have the rest of the week to cast their ballots before early voting ends Friday.
Advanced voting began June 7 and is available at both the Bulloch County Courthouse and the Honey Bowen Building on Max Lockwood Drive this week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Primary election day is Tuesday and voters will cast their ballots at their regular polling locations. No voting is available Monday.
In addition to early voting coming to a close this week, absentee voting requests must be placed by Friday at 5 p.m. Voters who choose to vote by absentee ballots have until 7 p.m. on the day of the primary election to turn in their ballot, said Shontay Jones, deputy registrar for Bulloch County.
Jones said early voting is a convenient way to avoid the lines typical of primary day, especially for voters who experienced the long lines of the 2008 presidential election.
“In November [of 2008] we had people in line at 7:30 when we opened, but we haven’t experienced that this year,” Jones said. “There are no lines and no waiting. It seems like some voters have been in and out in less than five minutes, if that.”
Early voting has not been nearly as popular among Bulloch County voters this year as it was during the 2008 election, Jones said. Of the 38,215 registered voters in the county, 491 have voted, so far, at the Courthouse and nearly 55 have voted this week at the Honey Bowen Building. Nearly 10,000 voters used advanced and absentee ballots in 2008.
Jones said she expected this year’s midterm election to experience the decline in early voting it has seen.
“I didn’t expect a big turnout. There wasn’t a lot of local opposition on the ballot,” Jones said. “Also with a lot of the students being home and voting there we weren’t expecting to be overwhelmed.”
With three days left of advanced voting, Jones expects participation to increase slightly.
“We’ve been encouraging people to tell their friends and neighbors that we’re up here, Jones said. “We’re here, we’re ready and we’re prepared for them.”