Vote this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Grady County voters are continuing to come out in large numbers to cast their ballots early for the Nov. 6 general election.
Chief Registrar Jean Marshall reported late Tuesday that 1,677 votes had been cast at the courthouse.
She also noted that 302 absentee ballots have been requested and so far 166 of those have been returned for tabulation.
This Saturday, Oct. 27, the courthouse will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for one day of Saturday voting.
“Come and vote if you can’t make it during the week. We welcome you to come this Saturday and vote,” Mrs. Marshall said.
Early voting runs through next Friday, Nov. 2.
“We had 282 to vote on Tuesday. People seem very enthusiastic about the election and are willing to stand in line without any grumbling or getting on each others’ nerves, which I am thankful for,” Mrs. Marshall said.
The chief registrar also said she is thankful for the workers who are assisting her with the early voting. “All of my workers have really worked hard to make the early voting run as smoothly and efficiently as possible,” she said.
The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the county’s 13 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
There are three contested local races on the Nov. 6 ballot including sheriff, District 1 school board and District 3 school board.
Grady County Sheriff Harry Young, running as a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Earl Stuckey.
Sheriff Young is seeking his third term of office.
The District 1 school board election features Democrat Mike Russell and Republican Jeff Worsham, both of whom are new to local politics.
In the District 3 school board race, Republican Allen Jenkins, who was appointed earlier this year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Byron Puckett, faces Democrat Marty Cannington.
The Nov. 6 ballot will also feature the State House of Representatives District 173 contest between incumbent Republican Representative Darlene Taylor and Democrat Haley Shank.
Topping the ballot is the race for president between President Barack Obama and challengers Republican Mitt Romney and Libertarian Gary Johnson.
U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican John House.
Two Public Service Commission posts are up for election. In the first race, incumbent Chuck Eaton is being challenged by Stephen Oppenheimer, a Democrat, and Brad Ploeger, a Libertarian.
In the second race, incumbent Republican Stan Wise is being challenged by Libertarian David Staples.
Two constitutional amendments will appear on the ballot including the hotly debated amendment regarding charter schools.
On the charter school question voters will be asked, “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?”
The second amendment question is “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide for a reduction in the state’s operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements?”
For more information about voting, call the registrar’s office at 229-377-1897.