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New voting equipment in Decatur County appears ready for influx of voters on Election Day

Posted at 6:18 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 18:18:27-04

DECATUR COUNTY, Ga. — Just two more days of early voting in Georgia.

The new voting equipment in Decatur County appears to be ready to handle the increase in voters expected on Tuesday.

You may remember, Decatur is one of just six counties testing the new equipment, that the rest of Georgia will see next year.

We talked to a poll worker who says voters in Bainbridge are really taking to the new equipment.

The supervisor of elections office is also glad to report, so far, there have been no technical issues.

The turnout for early voting in Decatur County is around 3.8 percent of registered voters. That's low, but it's not out of the ordinary for early voting.

So the real test for this equipment will come on Election Day, which is Tuesday. The equipment made its debut at the start of early voting on October 14.

Carol Heard, Decatur County Supervisor of Elections, says she’s impressed with the response.

“I’ve been impressed with the comments, you know voters think that it’s a lot easier they love the fact that they have their ballot in their hand and they can view it that way," said Heard.

This new system has reduced the amount of time it takes to complete the voting process.

Early voting in Georgia ends Friday at 6 p.m. You can still cast your ballot on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 5.

Heard says to make sure there aren’t any hiccups, the Georgia Secretary of State's Office will send extra technicians to Decatur County to be on standby for the big day.