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More than 6,000 have cast early ballots in Bulloch
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Poll worker Pat Price, right, passes out electronic memory cards to voters in line to cast their early ballot Wednesday at the Bulloch County Courthouse. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

    With only two days left for advance voting, 6,694 people have voted in Bulloch County, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, making this the most successful early voting campaign since the concept began.
    Probate Judge Lee Deloach said there have been 100 to 150 people in line each day this week waiting to cast their ballot early, some standing in line up to an hour-and-a-half.
    “The halls are full,” Deloach said.
    A number of voters said they decided to early vote either to beat the rush on Election Day or because they might not make it to the polls.
    “I was afraid I wouldn’t be off of work on time (on Tuesday),” said Donna Tucker.
    “I just got off of work and decided to come down,” said Cynthia Harper. “I thought there wouldn’t be many people here.”
    “I was afraid the lines (on Election Day) would be unbelievable,” said Greg Parrish Sr.
    Despite the wait, the general consensus was that the electronic voting machines were easy to use.
    Both Parrish and his wife Jane, a teacher, said they had already reviewed portions of the ballot because of her work in the schools and their children’s participation in Future Farmers of America. They said it helped them go through the four-page ballot a bit quicker.
    “We had looked at the amendments ahead of time — did a little preparation,” said Jane.
    People looking to vote early have only today or Friday. The doors will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no early voting Monday.
    Officials expect traffic to be heavy during the final two days, so folks should be prepared to pass the time.
    “There’s going to be some wait because of the size of the election with all the constitutional amendments,” Deloach said. “It just takes time to go through four pages of ballots.”
    Deloach said there are sample ballots available at the courthouse. He encourages people to familiarize themselves with the ballot, especially the amendments, to speed up the time spent in the voting booth. In addition, a sample ballot is available with this story online at statesboroherald.com.

(The Herald reported Greg Parrish's name as Gary in Thursday's paper. It is corrected here.)

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