Chatham Co. voters take advantage of final day of early voting

Published: Nov. 4, 2022 at 3:32 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2022 at 5:53 PM EDT
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CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Today is the final day to vote early in Georgia for the November election.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, 2,261,094 people have already chosen to cast their ballots and 2.4 million are expected by the end of the day.

Chatham County voters said they’re excited to have that already completed.

“I passed by, and was like ‘oh my god!’ This was a reminder driving past the civic center that I needed to vote today. I think it’s very important especially in this election,” said Monsia Washington, a voter in Garden City.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who is also on the ballot this fall, says the state continues to see record-breaking early voting turnout which could help with crowds on Election Day itself.

“If all these two and a half million people also showed up with the people who vote on Tuesday, there’s no way the counties could handle it. It really just helps level the flow, so that it’s a manageable process for the counties.”

Raffensperger says the state could have around 2 million voters turnout on Tuesday. Early voters say they’re thankful for a smooth process today.

“There’s a convenience to it, which makes it really attractive. So, we’re able to fit it into the work week and exercise our civic duty,” said Benjamin Simons and Alison Cooley, voted in Savannah.

“It was very quick and very efficient.”

With not only the governor and senator seats on the ballot, but several referendums too, people said this is an important race to be a part of. And while some waited until the last few hours to vote, they say it’s better than waiting on election day.

“I waited until actual voting day last time and waited in line forever so this seemed like a more convenient way to get things done,” said early voter Ansley Waters.

“This is something that’s very important to me and I’ve always instilled it in the younger generations in our family and this is what we do. We’re here early,” said early voter Destany Green.

Now, if you missed out on early voting, the next opportunity to cast your ballot is of course Election Day on Tuesday, November 8th.

And just a reminder for those planning to vote on Election day...

Keep in mind, you can’t go to just any polling location. You have to vote at your precinct location with a form of photo ID.

If you’re casting an absentee ballot, you can drop it off at voter registration, the Islands Library or Mosquito Control.

It would be best to get it done as early as possible because the Office of Voter registration has to have your absentee ballot by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.