“It has been a very busy day but, in a presidential election, we expect that,” she said.
Although Clayton County does not release vote totals durign elec-tion day, the final time their office receives a vote total count will be 6 p.m., an hour before the polls offi-cially close.
“As long as a voter is in line to vote at 7 p.m., he will be allowed to cast his ballot,” Bright said.
Voting lines began to form well before the polls opened at 7 a.m. and, according to Bright, voting has been steady, “and we have been super busy the entire day,” she added.
Billy Williams, the polling man-ager at the Morrow 9 precinct at Mt. Zion Primary School, 2920 Mt. Zion Road in Jonesboro, said by 5:30 this afternoon, 297 votes had been cast.
“With an hour-and-a-half re-maining before the polls close and with the after-work crowd of voters expected in, we should easily eclipse the 300 voting mark I had precicted,” Williams said.
When he opened the Morrow 9 precinct at 7 a.m., he had 22 voters in line and, by 12:33 p.m., 176 had voted at the precinct.
“Voting has been steady all morning,” Williams said, adding this is the 19th election in which he has participated with the last 16 as a poll manager and is planning on retiring from the position after today.
Although Clayton County Sher-iff Department Chief Deputy Gar-land Watkins has under taken a concentrated write-in campaign against sheriff-elect Victor Hill, Williams said he had definitely seen some people typing in a write-in candidate’s name and expected they were doing it for the sheriff’s race. race.
“However, I can’t say I have seen a lot of voters doing that but it is pretty easy to notice when one takes longer at the voting machine than usual.”
“Although not impossible, it is difficult for a write-in candidate to run a successful campaign if the voter not only has to follow the correct procedure in writing in a candidate’s name, but he has to spell the candidate’s name cor-rectly,” he added.