Published Friday, October 26, 2012

Early voting continues Saturday then Monday through Friday next week

Editorial

As the important Nov. 6 General Election nears, all indications point to a huge voter turnout at the polls, maybe in the range of 70 percent.

Already, early voting numbers have been impressive, and chances are there will be lines at polling places throughout Coweta County on election day.

Early voting is in its second week with one more week ahead. Here is the schedule for the remainder of early voting in Coweta County: Today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and next Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No early voting is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 3 and no voting is scheduled Monday, Nov. 5. All polling places in the county will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 6 — General Election Day — from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you plan to vote early, remember the only early voting location in Coweta County is the voter registration office in the County Administration Building, 22 East Broad St., in downtown Newnan.

This week, we have noticed voters lining up outside the voter registration office entrance and the rather short line stretching up Broad Street. Wait times vary. During the early afternoon on Tuesday, the wait for early voting was less than 20 minutes. Sometimes it has been longer. No doubt, longer lines are expected on Saturday and next week. We suspect the early voting lines may still be shorter than lines you will encounter at your polling place on election day.

If you plan to vote early, know that the early voting operation this year has expanded space from previous years. There are more voting booths and the operation has been smooth. There is a separate early voting entrance for handicapped voters and for voters 75 years and older.

Because of the expected heavy turnout on election day, we again encourage voters to consider voting early. Don’t forget you need a photo ID to vote.

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