Tuesday marked the last day to register to vote in Georgia before the general election on November 6th.
Counties across the area, including Bibb, Twiggs, Baldwin, Laurens, Jones, Houston, Peach, and Monroe, all reported busy offices with people coming in to register before the deadline.
Stephanie Kendrick of Macon says she's been eligible to vote for several election cycles, but registered this year in order to cast her first ballot next month. "I've been old enough for a long time," she says. "But I think it's down to wire. It's getting so crazy to where you have to make drastic decision, so now is the time."
After filling out her application, she got in line at the Board of Elections on Pio Nono Avenue in Macon, joining hundreds of other registering at the last minute.
Overall, though, there has been only a slight increase in most area counties in the number of total registered voters since 2008. In Baldwin County, as of October 1st, there were 24,053 registered voters compared to 23,347 in 2008. In Peach County, up to 15,287 from 14,521. Jones County remains the same at around 17,000 voters. And Laurens County this year actually has fewer voters than in 2008, dropping from 28,012 to 27,666 yesterday.
For those registered to vote, early voting begins next Monday, October 15th at the Board of Elections. Bibb County Elections Supervisor Elaine Carr says even if you just registered and haven't received your registration card yet, so can still bring your ID when you early vote.
If you want to vote on Election Day, you can also go to your designated polling place on November 6th.