SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The first day of early voting in Chatham County for the Senate runoffs has come and gone. Over 3,000 people cast their ballot in the county on Monday.
The runoffs will determine the outcome of the races between Republican U.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
The Board of Registrars director said 941 people voted early in-person Monday at the Board of Elections Main Office. Some waited hours in line and others were in and out in just a few minutes.
“It was very easy. It didn’t take very long. Approximately five minutes,” Chatham County voter Darrick Lewis said.
The Board of Registrars director says 3,029 people voted early in-person. She also says today’s turnout was close to matching the first day of early voting for the General Election as well.
Voters at the Board of Elections Main Office say they came out to vote to get it over with and to make sure their voice was heard.
“I think it something very important for us to take part in specially with me being young. I think it’s very, very important that us as young folks get out. Young people let’s vote,” Chatham County voter Meshia Johnson.
Those who voted in the General Election made sure they came back to the polls to vote in the runoff, in hopes that their candidate will not only win but represent their them and their interests, too.
“We have an opportunity to in my eyes level the playing field. Hopefully, a candidate that I voted for will be able to do that,” Lewis said.
Registered voters will now be able to cast their ballots ahead of the Jan. 5 election. But there are some changes voters need to be aware of if they are planning to vote early in Chatham County.
Some places that were open for early voting in November will not be open for the runoff. The Pooler Recreation Center will not serve as an early voting location. Instead, Pooler voters are encouraged to use the Mosquito Control Office.
Also, due to the holidays, the early voting locations will not operate on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
“Just an unfortunate reality that a runoff falls ten days after Christmas. There will be a few days there where the hours will be lessened,” said Colin McRae, Chatham Board of Registrars Chair.
Voters can cast their ballot early in Chatham County at the following locations: