Early Voting Ends Friday, Voting So Far Running Smoothly Say Election Officials

Friday is the last day to advance vote for the May 21st Primary and Elections.

So far, in Franklin County voters are setting a record for early voting for a May election.

As of noon, Wednesday, Elections Supervisor Tracie Creason reported that 1,493 people have so far opted to cast their ballots early.

Voters in Franklin County are going to the Board of Elections office on the Royston Highway/Hwy 145 to vote early.

And of the 130 absentee paper ballots sent out in Franklin County, 86 have been returned so far, Creason said.

In Hart County, Elections Supervisor Robin Webb said 1,566 registered voters have chosen to advance vote as of 5p Tuesday.

Voters in Hart County have two locations to cast an early ballot – at the Board of Elections office on Cade St. in Hartwell and the Reed Creek Fellowship Hall in Reed Creek.

And of the 141 absentee paper ballots sent out in Hart County, as of Wednesday, 77 had been returned to the Hart County Board of Elections office, Webb added.

If you have requested and received an absentee paper ballot, Webb is asking those voters to fill it out promptly and hand deliver it to her office if at all possible to avoid mail delays.

Because of the slow mail delivery during the March Presidential Preference Primary, many absentee paper ballots were either never received, or were received after the March Primary, preventing those voters from having their votes counted.

Absentee voters this election can track their paper ballot using a statewide online system called BallotTrax.

There you can enter your information and find out where your ballot is.

You can visit the BallotTrax website at https://georgia.ballottrax.net/voter/.

So far, as of Wednesday, both Creason and Webb tell WLHR News that there have been no long lines or long waits but voting has been steady and is running smoothly.

Again, early voting ends Friday at 5p and there is no Saturday early voting opportunity this weekend.