Created: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:02:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:56:00 EST
That the smoke has cleared from Voting Rights Act reform and the Department of Justice's involvement into the Macon-Bibb consolidated elections and campaigning is in full swing.
Supporters lined the entrances to the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections headquarters as voters filed in to cast the first votes of the special election.
Each voter has their reason for coming in on day one of early voting.
"I wanted to make sure I get this done first because this is more important," said Willie Smith.
"I don't want to get in that crowd," added Monty Jackson. "With my job situation I just want to get in and vote early."
"The earlier the better," Amanda simply put it.
The voters willing to speak to WGXA were not fans of consolidation for various reasons.
"I had to stop and think about it," said Amanda. "Just exactly what was going on."
But consolidation is now a reality for Bibb County. Even more so since elections for new office holders are underway. There are concerns about what the future holds and voters want to make sure this new government gets started on the right foot.
"We have to worry about now is getting the best qualified person in office," said Smith.
A sea of candidates with various levels of qualification looking to fill 10 vacant seats, 9 on the commission and the mayoral post. While most have served previously in similarly elected positions the challenges of a new and unfamiliar government arrives January 1, voters hope their soon-to-be new elected leaders are up to the task.
"It doesn't matter who," said Amanda. "But I'm hoping that they would really take a serious look at Macon and what's going on here."
"If they don't do what they promised to do it will be a disaster for us," said Smith.
Early voting takes place weekdays at the Board of Elections Headquarters until 5:30 p.m. Early voting ends September 13, Election Day is September 17.