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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Elizabeth Robinson says she didn't need to watch the third presidential debate to make up her mind. She voted early on Monday afternoon at the Bibb County Board of Elections.
"I was very influenced by the first two debates," says Robinson.
Jason Lee says the debates actually changed his mind. He says it was round two that was the deciding factor for him.
"The second debate was more driven on facts...I think when the facts come out the undecided voters will know who's going to be able to take America forward," says Lee.
Voters like Alice Bailey and Jane Fordham say they already had their minds made up before the debates even began.
"Mainly because I've read about each, and because we've witnessed the president's work already. Nothing has changed as a result of the debates for me," says Bailey.
"I had already studied the candidates and made up my mind in advance. There will probably be a few people that will be swayed by the debate but I think for the most part people already knew what they were going to do," says Fordham.
Bessie Conty hasn't voted yet. She says she already has her mind made up, but she still watched the clashing of the candidates.
"I watched them just to see what was going on... my mind is already made up," says Conty.
Undecided voter, Evan Summerville, says he was disappointed in the performance of the candidates, and the debates didn't make his choice any clearer.
"I think a lot of people maybe share the same opinion, they didn't answer a lot of the questions as adequately as I would've liked," says Summerville.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A lawsuit could be looming for the state of Georgia, if the Democrats decide to challenge the Voter ID law.
Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, Michael Berlon, expressed concerns about the states strict law in front of an excited crowd at the party's headquarters in Macon. He says during this election cycle laws in Pennsylvania and Indiana, that were much less restrictive were overturned.
He believes Georgia's Voter ID Law should be challenged in federal court. Berlon says the party may file suit Bibb County where many voters are impacted by the law.
"Our lawyers are looking at challenging the Voter ID Law. We'd love to repeal it, but in the event that we can't repeal it, it certainly needs to be modified and so that's our goal for 2013, 2014. I don't think it's reasonable to think that it would happen before this election it's just too close," says Berlon.
Berlon also says by 2016 he's confident Georgia will turn blue! He says this election will be all about turnout, because registered Democrats and Republicans are close in numbers.
Berlon says Georgia may surprise the nation, and vote blue in November.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Tuesday was the last day to register to vote and thousands of Bibb County residents took the time to make sure their voices will be heard.
It came down to the wire for some residents in Bibb County but waiting till the last minute didn't stop them from doing their civic duty.
"It's been great for registration," Macon-Bibb County Supervisor of Elections Elaine Carr said. "We've had them standing in lines actually at points in here this morning. We've had them in line waiting for us to open the door this morning."
Tuesday marked the final day of voter registration across the Peach State. Carr says there was a lot of push this year to get as many registered voters as possible.
"We had organizations out there steadily helping us get the voters registered to the point where we almost ran out of registration cards, so that's good," she said. "We had to borrow some from another county."
Carr says Bibb County has more than 17 hundred new registered voters in addition to the 86,000 already registered. She is expecting that number to get bigger as the voters mail in their registration.
"We know we have a lot of cards out there and a lot of them are letting the voters themselves mail them into the state and that takes a turnaround process time," Carr said.
Residents registering just before the deadline say they didn't want to miss their chance to cast a ballot.
"I feel like its our duty as a citizen to do that," Sharon Paul said. "It's one of our responsibilities."
"I like to vote. I vote for everything," Martha Davis said.
Early voting in Bibb County kicks off on Monday, October 15th at the elections office. Residents in Monroe and Baldwin counties, as well as the City of Perry in Houston County can also cast their ballot on October 15th. Early voting in Warner Robins starts on October 22nd.
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