It’s an early voting scenario intimately familiar to Muscogee election workers: The Columbus Public Library has a line out the door while the other three polls have no waiting.
But the first three days of early voting were not entirely ordinary. Poll workers at the Columbus Baptist Center on Steam Mill Road had the unique experience of encountering a whole group of prospective voters whose photo IDs were all photos and no IDs.
That was a new one, said elections director Nancy Boren: They’d never had people show only photographs of themselves in place of the government-issued photo IDs the law requires voters to produce.
The law allows drivers licenses, passports, military IDs and photo IDs from “any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state.”
But photographs alone will not do.
The first days of voting were busy, with 1,470 people here casting ballots the first day. About 5,000 had voted by Wednesday afternoon, Boren said.
She said she understands people prefer the library’s convenient parking and central location, but it often has a line, so folks should keep their other options in mind.
Between 2:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, more than 35 people were in a line of voters stretching out the Macon Road library’s east door. Meanwhile, down at the elections office in the city Government Center’s west wing – which has a First Avenue entrance open just for voting – no one was waiting.
Voters in north Columbus may find it more convenient to visit a poll at the North Highland Assembly of God, 7300 Livingston Drive, which is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Ten people were in line to vote there at 6:45 a.m. Monday, Boren said, adding that it’s favored by folks who want to vote in the morning before they go to work.
Early voting ends Nov. 2. Here’s the full list of Columbus polls and times:
The Muscogee Office of Elections and Registrations, ground floor, west wing, Columbus Government Center, 100 10th St., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday–Friday.
The Columbus Baptist Association, 3679 Steam Mill Road, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday–Friday; not open on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The North Highland Assembly of God, 7300 Livingston Drive, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and on two Saturdays, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27.
Harris County residents can vote 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the county elections office at 104 N. College St., Hamilton.