Vote Early

  I am very concerned about problems at the polls in this general election. There is little doubt that we are going to see the largest voter turnout in the history of this country, which is going to put enormous pressure on the voting systems.

  We know from the debacle in Florida in the 2000 presidential election that there is a good chance that some people will not have their votes counted. This is serious business in a democratic republic like ours.

  Beyond corruption by some voting officials, there are the problems of human error, voting machine failure, voting machines that leave no independent paper trail (we have those in Georgia) and the normal problems that accompany elections. All of this will be magnified by the record voter turnout.

  Early voting is not going to solve all of these problems, but it is probably the best chance to ease them. I voted weeks ago at the Columbus Government Center. It took me about tens minutes.  A friend of mine told me it took him and his wife an hour and a half to vote there last week. He said the line not only went out into the parking garage but all the way to the end of the walkway in the garage.

  Just think what it is going to be like between Monday October 27th thru Friday, October 31st. That will probably be nothing compared to what it will be on Tuesday, November 4th, election day. Fortunately there will be four polling palces open for early voting.  Here’s the list from the Columbus Consolidated Government website:

         (No Reason Required for this Early Voting)

October 27-31 at Four Locations:

  • Elections Office, Government Center, 100 Tenth Street:     8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road:       9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Frank D. Chester Recreation Center, 1441 Benning Drive:   10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Cunningham Center@Columbus State University, 3100 Gentian Blvd.:    8:30am – 4:30pm
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