Grady County voters pleased with extended hours for early voting

Posted at 6:17 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 18:17:22-04

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — The Supervisor of Elections says this is a first for Grady County, after a record turnout at the ballot box just a week out from Election Day, voters now get an extra hour and a half to vote.

All early voting in the county happens in one place, the county courthouse.

So far over 4,000 votes have been cast, including more than 1,500 absentee ballots.

Polls are normally open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Now they are open until 6 p.m.until the end of early voting. The Supervisor of Elections says they wanted to make sure everyone got the chance to make their vote count.

Many voters are saying the extra time is a relief.

"It just worked out today to where I got in early enough to where I could run out here with the extra time," said William Lewis, a voter in Grady County. "Some people work late and it'll help them be able to get up in here because they don't want to miss time from work."

"It's refreshing to find out because I was rushing in from Tallahassee and I know several other people who work in Tallahassee as well, so I think this is great for the residents of Grady County to have an opportunity to not be rushed and got to the ballot box," said Reggie Smith, an early voter in Grady County.

Smith says he normally has an issue with getting to the polls every election cycle because of time.

To deal with the flow of people more staff has been added by the elections office.

The elections office increased poll workers before early voting but had to add additional people to keep up with the flow of voters.