Early voting polls for the 2018 runoff election opened two days earlier than planned this week.
The Glynn County Board of Elections originally planned to open the polls on Wednesday, but Elections and Registration Supervisor Monica Couch said election workers were able to open earlier.
As long as there are no federal runoffs on the ballot, state law provides no deadline for a early voting in a runoff for state and local seats to begin, only saying it should begin “as soon as possible.”
Couch described the task as “Herculean.”
“This morning we were like, ‘We can make this happen,’” Couch said.
On Wednesday of last week, Couch said she, members of the board’s staff and some board members themselves had worked through 7 p.m. on preparations ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The board had already gotten back absentee ballots on Monday. As of 1 p.m., five absentee ballots had been dropped off. They mailed around 1,157 absentee ballots and expect to receive a “deluge” of applications for mail-in ballots this week.
“I just wasn’t sure it would get here by mail,” one voter said as she handed her ballot over to an elections official Monday.
Democrat John Barrow and Republican John Raffensperger are facing off to become the next Georgia Secretary of State, while Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton and Democrat challenger Lindy Miller are seeking a seat on the Public Safety Commission. Libertarian candidates in both races did not receive enough votes to qualify for the runoff.
The polling places are located in the Office Park Building, 1815 Gloucester St. in Brunswick, and in Glynn County Fire Station No. 2, 1929 Demere Road on St. Simons Island.
The polls will be open until 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. All polling places will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, Dec. 4.
Applications for absentee ballots can be picked up from the board’s office in the Office Park Building or found online at glynncounty.org/78/Board-of-Elections. For more information, call the board at 912-554-7060.