Record numbers are being reported at the polls in Franklin County. In a county where everybody knows your name, the elections supervisor isn't taking chances.
Harry Tysinger, an observer, says, “She's so thorough that when her mom and dad came to vote they needed to produce their licenses.”
As is the case with everyone who walks through Miss Doris Gibbs’ doors; after 24-years as head of elections she knows the rules and she enforces them.
Doris says, “The law requires it. If don't have it they have to fill out an affirmation my husband had to fill out an affirmation.”
The process seems to be working. In a county with only 7,600 eligible voters, nearly half have come to the polls. Gibbs says even the youngest voters are showing interest.
Alyssa Bell, an early voter, says, “It's my first time voting. I think it's important to make it heard.”
Not only is the presidential election drawing attention, but in this county a new leader of the law will be elected as voters decide on the next Franklin County sheriff. Still, whether it's local or national issues, one thing's certain; this rural area known mostly for its seafood and white sand is entering the political ring and breaking records at its polls.
There are two other commissioner races on the Franklin County ballot as well as a School Board race. The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.