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Clayton voters rushing to polling locations
by Bill Baldowski
November 06, 2012 05:45 PM | 1880 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voting has gone smoothly throughout the day at Clayton County precincts, according to Clayton County Elections and Registration Director Annire Bright.

“It has been a very busy day but, in a presidential election, we expect that,” she said.

Although Clayton County does not release vote totals durign elec-tion day, the final time their office receives a vote total count will be 6 p.m., an hour before the polls offi-cially close.

“As long as a voter is in line to vote at 7 p.m., he will be allowed to cast his ballot,” Bright said.

Voting lines began to form well before the polls opened at 7 a.m. and, according to Bright, voting has been steady, “and we have been super busy the entire day,” she added.

Billy Williams, the polling man-ager at the Morrow 9 precinct at Mt. Zion Primary School, 2920 Mt. Zion Road in Jonesboro, said by 5:30 this afternoon, 297 votes had been cast.

“With an hour-and-a-half re-maining before the polls close and with the after-work crowd of voters expected in, we should easily eclipse the 300 voting mark I had precicted,” Williams said.

When he opened the Morrow 9 precinct at 7 a.m., he had 22 voters in line and, by 12:33 p.m., 176 had voted at the precinct.

“Voting has been steady all morning,” Williams said, adding this is the 19th election in which he has participated with the last 16 as a poll manager and is planning on retiring from the position after today.

Although Clayton County Sher-iff Department Chief Deputy Gar-land Watkins has under taken a concentrated write-in campaign against sheriff-elect Victor Hill, Williams said he had definitely seen some people typing in a write-in candidate’s name and expected they were doing it for the sheriff’s race. race.

“However, I can’t say I have seen a lot of voters doing that but it is pretty easy to notice when one takes longer at the voting machine than usual.”

“Although not impossible, it is difficult for a write-in candidate to run a successful campaign if the voter not only has to follow the correct procedure in writing in a candidate’s name, but he has to spell the candidate’s name cor-rectly,” he added.

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