Central Ga. Voters Line Up to Have Voices Heard | Politics
With a few hours left before the polls close, 13WMAZ's Austin Lewis asked some middle Georgians why voting is so important to them.
Turns out, it isn't just the Presidential election or the local races that motivate these voters. They come out because this is their civic duty.
"I have not missed one (election day), so I did not intend to miss this one. I would crawl backwards to vote," Eleanor Peters said.
This morning, 13WMAZ's Annette St. Claire and David Earl hopped off the desk to go check out polling places in Macon after the newsroom got reports of lines forming early.
They found slight lines of people waiting to cast their ballots on this Election Day, many of whom said they came out early to avoid even longer lines anticipated during the lunch hour.
Polls are open in Georgia until 7 p.m.
Bibb voter turnout on Presidential election day in 2008 was 77%
Among major races in Middle Georgia: Bibb County Commission Chairman, the district attorney for the Macon judicial circuit, and contested elections for Congress.
The race in the 12th Congressional District has gained nationwide attention as Rep. John Barrow tries to fend off a challenge from Republican Lee Anderson. Barrow is often described as the last white Democrat to serve in the House from the Deep South. The district lines were redrawn to add more Republican voters.
Second District Rep. Sanford Bishop, a Democrat, now represents much of Bibb County under new district lines. He faces Republican John House.
Eighth District Rep. Austin Scott, a Republican, is unopposed in the general election.