Early voting starts today, first time for District 1 when there’s two separate elections
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/ WMGT) – Now is the time get a head start on voting for the May 22nd elections. Early voting began today, and goes until May 18th.
This election is setting records. Macon-Bibb District One voters have two separate elections. It’s also an all time low for absentee ballots being requested.
“All time first here in Bibb County. We’ve never ran two duel parallel elections at one time ever,” Board of Elections, Election Supervisor Jeanette Watson said.
There’s the primary and local elections. Then there’s the special election in Macon-Bibb County to fill former Commissioner Gary Bechtel’s seat.
“The governor seat is up for grabs and that’s the major race kind of like the president,” Watson said.
You’d think with a big election as this, there’d be steady lines of voters.
“I would say at an all time low for a turnout for the beginning of the election,” she said.
She says only sent out a handful of absentee ballots.
“I think we’ve sent a little less than 200 out,” Watson said.
Gubernatorial candidate, Casey Cagle stopped in Macon, Monday, during his two-week long campaign bus tour. He isn’t worried about the low turn out at the polls.
“It’s early obviously school is still in and all of the activities that are taking the attention away from the election itself, but obviously that’s why we’re doing a bus tour to stir up the excitement,” Cagle said.
Former House Democratic Leader, now running for governor, Stacey Abrams was in Macon, too. She was joined by local leaders and actresses to get momentum going on early voting.
“Voting is how we make it happen, so we want people to get in there and let their voice be heard. Early voting is how we can tell where we’re going, so it’s a good idea to get on in there and let everybody know who you are,” actress Tracee Ellis Ross said.
“We’re out here on the first day of early voting and trying to energize the voters and get voters excited about this moment in history,” actress Aisha Hinds said.
Watson says to vote, you must bring a picture ID to the Board of Elections. If you do not vote during the early election, you’ll need to go to your designated poll.