Thousands Vote Early in Bibb County
The polls for early voting are now closed, and those that chose to vote early had to brave long lines for their last chance to cast an early ballot.
A change in the rules from the last Presidential election may be partly to blame.
Ronnie Miley with the Bibb County Board of Elections told WGXA, “Four years ago, voters had 45 days out. This year, there are only 20 days out.”
Voters were lined up all the way back to the street Friday. Over 20-thousand voters have voted." And behind every ballot cast, there's a voter and a reason.
18-year-old Trent Warren is voting in his first presidential election and told WGXA, “because they need to know what's going on in America and who is going to do the right thing for us."
Advance voting procrastinator Sheryl Salyers told WGXA, "I think the crowd is going to be a lot worst on Tuesday and I am just trying to avoid the crowd."
Larry Quintyne, concerned about limited polling, told WGXA he voted, "because that is my right and to come out and vote as a citizen of the United States."
Voters have had two weeks to cast their vote and on the last day, we heard opposite ends of why they've waited so long.
Carlos Burnnette told WGXA he waited until the last today because, "I have been out of town working so (Friday) is the first opportunity that I have had."
Others are self-proclaimed procrastinators.
Sheryl Salyers admitted to WGXA that she, “…meant to do it Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday... And here I am Friday."
The wait, at times, has been over 2 hours for some citizens. It has some voters asking why only one polling site was made available.
Ronnie Miley, a member of the Bibb Board of Elections says that they've been working toward having a second location for advance voting but for now says it's out of their hands.
"…but we cannot make that decision unless it's budgeted by the County Commissioners and so it didn't happen." Mile told WGXA.
Miley adds that most people have been patient and flexible with the single polling site. He also feels like more than 20-thousand voters in a 20-day span shows Bibb County is energized about this election.