‘It feels historic’: Despite long lines, pandemic safety measures, locals report steady voting process
Shortly after the polling precinct in downtown Columbus opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, the line of voters was already out the door.
Poll workers described a steady stream of voters, even during a lunch lull, with more than 300 ballots cast by 11:40 a.m. By 3 p.m. it was nearly 450, not including a handful of affidavits and curbside votes.
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Despite an abbreviated window for absentee voting for Tuesday’s general election runoff, the number of absentee voters who have cast ballots suggests a good turnout.
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Voter turnout in Golden Triangle area counties Tuesday either approached or topped 50 percent, according to unofficial counts from circuit clerks’ offices.
By the time the polls opened Tuesday morning, more than 2,300 people in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties had already voted, leaving circuit clerks in both counties feeling optimistic about a good turnout.
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