Valdosta Daily Times

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February 26, 2012

The early vote gets ...

-- — With only a week of early voting in the presidential primary remaining, less than a thousand registered Lowndes County voters have taken advantage of the opportunity so far.

Based on last week’s Times online poll that number may be as good as it gets.

We asked our online readers: In Georgia’s presidential primary do you plan on: Voting early? Voting on the March 6 election day? Not voting at all?

As of late last week, 40 percent responded that they planned on voting March 6.

Thirty percent responded they didn’t plan to vote at all. The remaining 30 percent said they planned to vote early.

During the past two weeks of early voting, those respondents may have already voted for their pick to be the GOP’s presidential nominee this fall. If they haven’t, and still plan to vote early, they have even more opportunities this week as the Lowndes County Board of Elections expands its hours to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, through Friday, March 2. Voters can cast their ballots at the elections office on North Oak Street during early voting.

Early voting is designed to make casting a ballot more accessible. If you feel like you may not be able to vote during the traditional 12 hours of election day, early voting offers numerous days when a person can make the effort.

It is also designed to decrease the length of lines on election day. If more people have voted early, lines shouldn’t be as long come election day.

But given that our online poll garnered an overall low response, long lines may not be a problem this week or come March 6.

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