Voters head to the polls early

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The polls opened Tuesday at 7 a.m., but voters began lining up began lining up in front of the precinct along Washington Avenue in Savannah an hour before.

It was a surprisingly high turnout for a midterm election. Election officials said they are prepared for a busy day, since there was such a low early voting turnout.

"[I'm] trying to beat the crowds," said Lewis Collins.

Collins was the first in line. Despite doing a lot of research on the candidates prior to arriving, he still wanted to take a moment to review the ballot.

"I have been trying to ignore the ads because I think it is a lot of mudslinging and I try to keep my sense about things and be objective," said Collins.

There's a lot important races being contested this year across Georgia, and candidates are counting on the voters to turn out.

Even one of the candidates, Incumbent Congressman John Barrow who is running for re-election against Republican Ray McKinney in the 12th district made his way out to the poll early Tuesday morning.

"I have got tons of telephone calls and tons of stuff in the mail," said voter Joan Stone.

Gubernatorial candidates Democrat Roy Barnes and Republican Nathan Deal go head-to-head, and many voters believe it will come down to the wire.

"I do think it is going to be a close call," said Stone.

In Georgia, voters will also decide on five amendments. The one most talked about is Amendment 2. If passed, a $10 fee would be added on vehicle tags which will help fund Georgia's trauma care system and improve services.

"For trauma care, I am for that, however the transportation not so much. I guess the fact about the extra money you are going to be putting on our taxes," said Stone.

It's a decision that is in the hands of those who decide to vote.

"Included in the right to vote, is the right not to vote," said voter Chris Steinmetz. "What I don't like are those who refuse to participate and then turn around and complain. If you want to have a part of this participate. If you are dissatisfied with what we have, mobilize."

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