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Friday Last Day to Cast Early Votes Ahead of November 3 Election

The big day is almost here, and for those who want to vote early in the presidential election, time is quickly running out.

Citizens can still visit board of elections and registrars’ offices to cast ballots in person, but this will end Friday, October 30. The next time they will be able to vote in person will be on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

Area voting officials have reported steady voting since early balloting began on October 12. Last Friday in Toombs County, 3,369 of the county’s 17,253 registered voters had cast ballots in person at the Board of Elections office in Lyons, and 1,788 absentee votes had been received, said a spokesperson for the office.

By Friday in Montgomery County, 923 of the county’s 5,417 registered voters had balloted and 500 absentee ballots had been received. There were no long lines, but voting has been steady, said Registrar Bobbie Carpenter. In Wheeler County, where 3,200 persons registered to vote, a total of 590 had voted by Friday and 500 absentee ballots had been received, said Registrar Sheila Cheek. The numbers are heavier than normal for the primarily rural county.

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As of Saturday, 2.7 million Georgians had voted ahead of the November 3 election. At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Secretary of State's office update showed 2,701,551 ballots had been cast so far during advanced voting. Over 1.7 million of these votes were cast in person while more than 940,000 were by absentee voters. Voting officials remind citizens that when they visit the polls on November 3, they need to bring a photo ID and, if they requested an absentee ballot which they chose not to use, they should bring that, as well. This will help poll workers expedite the voting process.

Area Polling Places for November 3 Toombs County has five polling places: Vidalia Police Department, 302 East First Street, Vidalia; Southeastern Technical College, Adult Literacy Building, 100 Brinson Street, Vidalia; Partin Park, 168 Minot Road, Lyons; Cedar Crossing Community Center, 2926 Cedar Crossing Road; and, New Branch, 5163 Highway 178, Lyons. Montgomery County has seven polling places: Higgston City Hall, 310 James Street, Higgston; Kibbee Fire Station, 3800 Thompson Pond Road, Kibbee; Tarrytown Fire Station, 501 Main Street, Tarrytown; Uvalda Community Center, 830 West Main Street, Uvalda; Alston City Hall, 5177 Georgia Highway 135, Alston; Old Rosenwald School, 324 North Pine Street, Ailey; and, the Adult Literacy Center, 251 Richardson Street, Mount Vernon.

Wheeler County has two polling places: the Multipurpose Center, 16 West Forest Avenue, Alamo; and, the Civic Center, Northwest Third Avenue, Glenwood.

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