Lowndes County voters make final push to the polls

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By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 5, 2018

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Lowndes County voters made a final push to the polls Monday ahead of a highly-contested gubernatorial race.

On Monday, volunteers with the Georgia Democratic Party spent one last day knocking on doors, hoping to encourage others to get out and vote Tuesday.

As the final hours wind down in the midterm elections, many voters and election officials in South Georgia have said it doesn't feel like a midterm. The Georgia governor's race has many people feeling like this is a presidential election.

Voter turnout in Lowndes County is staying the same, with more than 20,000 people voting early. The race has many voters fired up to hit the polls.

Lowndes County Democrats stepped up Monday to canvass neighborhoods for Stacey Abrams. One of those is Harriet Taswell, who knocked on doors for the first time Monday.

Taswell said before Abrams, she has never felt this strongly about a candidate. She hoped to spread that message to other Lowndes County voters.

"Although I had other things to do, I just said, 'hey, this is much more important,'" Taswell said. "So Stacey, I'm going out canvassing for you today and I"m just happy to do it."

Polling places will be open at 7:00 a.m.Tuesday. There are several local organizations that will provide free rides to the polls for those who need it, including both the Democratic and Republican Parties. Uber and Lyft are also providing free rides to polling places.