- Valdosta, Ga. - July 21, 2012 -
For the first time ever, Georgia voters statewide were able to cast their ballots on a Saturday. And for some it was their best chance.
"I think voting on a Saturday is super extra great and convenient," said Gretchen Quarterman, Georgia voter. "To vote on Saturday is particularly convenient. You can just fit it in your errands."
"It gives the opportunity for voters to get out and vote for those who have to work and it's an inconvenience for them during the week," said Sarah Stewart, Georgia Voter.
The extra day comes after the Georgia legislature shortened the early voting period for the Primaries. They took it down from 45 days to only 21.
In Lowndes County, plenty of people are taking advantage of early voting.
"Turn out has been really good. In two weeks of early voting we have already exceeded the 2008 Primary numbers from early voting," said Wll Kendrick who works at the Lowndes County Elections Board.
As of Friday, 2,533 voters have cast their ballots in Lowndes County. That is 1,781 Republicans, 706 Democrats and almost 46 Independents.
With more than 60,000 registered voters in Lowndes County, officials want to give them every chance to make their voices heard.
"You don't have to get off from work. You can just fit it into your regular errands. It's the right thing to do. Everybody should vote early," said Gretchen Quarterman.
This is the only Saturday the voting polls will be open. Early voting in Georgia will continue until Friday July 27th. The Primary Election Day is Tuesday July 31st.