Voters can cast ballots Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Voter turnout during the early voting period for the Nov. 8 general election remains strong and as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2,158 ballots had been cast with several voters preparing to vote and others approaching the polling place.
According to Grady County elections officials, nearly 16 percent of registered voters in the county have already cast their ballots.
Of the 340 absentee ballots requested or mailed out, 146 have been returned.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote this Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. All early voting is being conducted at the Board of Registrars office located behind the courthouse at 24 Third Ave. N.E..
Chief Registrar Jean Marshall predicts that Saturday could be the busiest day of voting on a single day during the early voting period.
“The poll workers have handled everything really well. The pace of voting has kept poll workers busy,” Marshall reported.
Topping the Nov. 8 ballot is the race for president, U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative for the Second Congressional District, but locally the hotly contested races are for sheriff, tax commissioner, chief magistrate, and District 173 state representative.
Incumbent Grady County Sheriff Harry Young, who is running as a republican, is being challenged by democrat Gerald “Duke” Donaldson.
Democrat Cathy Slaughter and republican Barbara Darus are seeking to replace retiring Tax Commissioner Phyllis Gainous.
Incumbent Chief Magistrate Pat Pollock, a republican, is being challenged by democrat Hollie Bryant. Pollock was appointed to the chief magistrate post earlier this year after having served for several years as an assistant magistrate.
Incumbent District 173 State Representative Darlene Taylor and democrat Tommy Hill are vying for the seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Early voting will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.