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Five Minutes: That Is How Long Early Voting Takes

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SAVANNAH, GA - Monday was the first day of early voting in Chatham County.  The Georgia State Primary is less than a month away and the name of the game is getting voters in and out as fast as possible. 

To vote, all you need is your driver's license or state ID and be ready to declare a party affiliation.  Early voting is a great way to beat the lines.  And election officials say voters are getting in and out in about five minutes each. 

They say the early bird gets the worm and that's advice Chatham County voter Corey Daniels takes to heart.  "I just want to get here early so I can avoid the lines because I have other things that I can do during the day.  So I just want to get this out of the way," Daniels said.    

Daniels votes early every year as a convenient way to beat lines on Election Day.  Director of the Chatham County voter registration office Sandra Williams says right now you can vote in less time than it takes to grab lunch at a drive through restaurant.  "Five minutes or less.  It just depends on how long it takes you to vote. The process for checking in is minimal," Williams said.  "We should have a steady flow.  And there shouldn't be a line."

The Board of Elections office on Eisenhower Drive is the only place to vote early in Chatham County right now.  Four more polling stations will open in the final week of early voting: May 12-16.  And plenty more will open on Election Day: May 20. 

Daniels encourages everyone to do as he did and get it done early.  "Every vote counts so I try to make my voice heard, so that people who I elect know that they work for me," Daniels said.   

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office has a voter registration website for all things elections, including sample ballots.  Just follow the link below. 

http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/
 
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