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Early voting began Saturday in Macon-Bibb County for the District 2 commission seat.

According to the Board of Elections 96 out of 8,000 eligible voters cast ballots on Saturday.

It's the third time Larry Schlesinger and Henry Ficklin are running for the seat.

The runoff is being held again under court order because of irregularities in registration procedures.

Election night is a week from Tuesday, on January 14.

While waiting for the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections doors to open, some people kept warm in their cars or stood outside armed with gloves, hats and scarves.

Fewer than 10 people were waiting in line to vote when the doors opened. One of them, Larry Whitt was hoping to see more voters.

"The weather is what it is. Go ahead, get out and enjoy the fresh air. People need it. And do your civic duties and vote show the people that you care," said Whitt.

Once inside Whitt said the process took around 15 minutes.

Elections supervisor Jeanetta Watson doesn't want the cold to deter people from coming.

"If anyone has any issues with the weather, we'll be more than happy to accommodate them and get them inside, so that they can wait for their time to vote," said Watson.

The candidates reached out to potential voters on Saturday.

Schlesinger spoke with people at the Mercer basketball game and made campaign calls.

Ficklin drove people to the board of elections.

The candidates each told us why he deserves election.

Ficklin: "I was born in Macon, I was reared here. I've been working here for the last several years in this community, I've been elected, I've been a good councilman."

Schlesinger: "I'm a unifier and not a divider, second of all I support consolidation. I've also got a lot of experience on Macon City Council."

Early voting continues Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections.

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