For Immediate Release
February 4, 2008
Contact: Matt Carrothers
Director of Media Relations
Secretary of State Handel Pleased With Elections Process, Reports of Heavy Voter Turnout
Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel said this afternoon that reports from counties throughout the state indicate heavy turnout and few issues with the election process in this year’s Presidential Preference Primary.
“Georgia’s county elections officials and the thousands of poll workers staffing more than 3,000 precincts are managing the process extremely well,” Handel said. “We’re seeing very heavy turnout in just about every county.”
Handel’s office received reports of long lines at a few polling places across the state, which is normal for a presidential election year.
“Long lines are an indicator of turnout, and it appears that Georgia may well see one of the highest voter turnouts in 20 years. Certainly, there is the normal, historical increase in voter turnout during presidential elections. However, the highly contested nomination races in each party are clearly bringing people out to vote.” Handel said.
“I ask voters to be patient with the lines. We know it’s frustrating. The poll workers are volunteers and working as hard as they can to move everyone through as quickly as possible,” Handel added.
Handel also wants to remind everyone that, if you are in line at the 7:00 pm poll closing time, you will be allowed to vote.
This year’s Presidential Preference Primary is the first statewide election to be conducted under Georgia’s requirement that voters show photo ID when voting in-person, and the fourth election overall where photo ID has been required for in-person voting.
“County officials have reported no problems with the photo ID requirement,” Handel said. “Many Georgians have already voted at least once with photo ID.”
If a voter does not have one of these forms of photo identification, they can obtain a FREE Voter ID card at their county registrars’ office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Contact information for county registrars can be found on the Secretary of State’s website: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/elections/voter_information/2000_voter_info.asp.
Handel encouraged voters to call the Secretary of State’s Office with any questions or concerns at 404-656-2881.