MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Voters in Bibb County waited anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to cast their ballots early.
Monday marked day one for early voting in the state of Georgia. People lined up outside of the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections to make sure their voices are heard.
"I waited about 30 minutes," said first time voter Mary, "and it wasn't too bad of a wait."
The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections Executive Director Elaine Carr said the anticipation of the presidential election is leading to longer lines. She projects at least 70% of the county will vote this year and it's only going to get worse.
"Especially that last week of early voting. People wait and that's went lines are gonna be the longest," Carr said.
For those trying to bypass the lines, Carr suggests to show up early, be prepared and consider a change of location.
"Try to make sure you have time to go to your precinct on election day," Carr said.
Whether Republican, Democrat or anything in between, voters seemed excited to play a part in picking the next president of the United States."
"We have the advantage of choosing the next president" said Betty Carlos,"making social changes that need to be made."
Carr said 1,056 people voted on the first day of early voting. In Bibb County, people can vote in advance at the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections at 2445 Pio Nono Avenue. The polls are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday voting is October 27.
In Houston County, people can vote in advance at the Houston County Board of Elections, the Houston County Annex Lobby and the Middle Georgia Technical College. Any registered voter in the state of Georgia can vote early. Voters just need to show up and bring photo identification.