Precinct preps underway at Columbus polling sites

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  While thousands of voters have already cast their ballots early in Columbus for the midterm elections, thousands more are expected to make their way to their designated precincts on Election Day.

Seventeen thousand people have already participated in early voting. That is the highest number the city has seen for early voting besides the turnout for the 2008 Presidential Election.

Poll workers are gearing up for nearly three times that many people to vote Tuesday.

"We're expecting a total of 50% turnout. We have more registered voters now than we did in 2002 and 2006. We have about 100,000 active registered voters so we're looking at 50,000 people casting their ballots," said Nancy Boren, Director of Elections and Registrations.

For the first time, Columbus has consolidated its precinct locations from 48 to 28. Board of Elections members say they were asked by the Muscogee County School District to remove precincts from some of the schools for the safety of students and say the consolidation is a more efficient use of resources, like express polls.

The 28 sites were a hot bed of activity Monday as workers prepped the polls.

"We are delivering all of the equipment to the 28 sites. The managers and their staff are there to set up at the precincts and get it ready for 6 AM tomorrow morning. Hopefully, there won't be any long lines. We've deployed all of our equipment and express polls to make the process quick and if you'll bring your driver's license, we have a scanner and they can scan the barcode on the back of the driver's license," Boren added.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 AM to 7 PM at the 28 polling sites.

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