Saturday voting is being held at three sites today in Columbia County after two weeks of what election officials believe was very strong early voting turnout.
At of the end of voting Friday, 11,008 voters had cast ballots for the general election, said Columbia County Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay. Before the polls opened at 9 a.m. today, voters already were queuing up outside the Board of Elections office in Evans.
“Our line is around the building - to the Procument (Department) door,” Gay said.
Early voting continues 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Board of Elections office, in Building E of the government complex in Evans. Voters also can visit Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, and Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road, on Saturday. All three locations will be open Monday-Friday next week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for advance voting.
All voting precincts will be open on election day, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The presidential election is at the top of this year’s ballot, along with state Public Service Commission and congressional races.
No Democrats filed for the partisan races in Columbia County this year, so the only contested local race is district attorney, a post that spans three counties.
Voters also will voice their opinion on two state constitutional amendments and decide a local question that could impose term limits on county commissioners.
Because of the interest in this year’s election and the strong turnout it could generate, Gay urged voters to confirm their registration in advance, especially if they registered by mail.
“I would just encourage voters to be prepared by confirming their registration and viewing a sample ballot prior to coming to vote – and be patient if there are any lines,” she said.
Voters can go to the Board of Elections page via the county’s Web site, www.columbiacountyga.gov, toconfirm their registration information and print a sample ballot specifically for their voting precinct.
The precinct is listed on each voter’s card sent out earlier this year – but that card is for information purposes only. Gay said it isn’t needed for voting. Instead, voters must bring a government-issued picture ID with them to cast a ballot.
For information, call the Board of Elections office at (706) 868-3355.