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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

As early voting polls closed on Friday, some political experts say women could help sway the race for the white house between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Former Governor Mitt Romney.    

The lines for the last day of early voting in Columbus at times stretched out of the doors, but voter Mallory Jackson said nothing would keep her from casting her vote.

"It is very long, but I'm going to stay here because I want to make sure that I get my voice heard," said Jackson.

 Officials say as of Friday afternoon about 35,000 voters in Muscogee County turned out for early voting.

Some political experts say women voters, like Jackson, could sway the election.

"There are so many different issues as far as healthcare, abortion. I think that women should be allowed to decide not necessarily the government," said Jackson.

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin was the keynote speaker for the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley's First Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon on Friday. It was event to raise awareness about the challenges facing women in need in the valley. Franklin told us women can fight some of those challenges, in part, by voting.

"Whether you elect a man or a woman or a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent, the person who receives your vote really is obligated to listen to your opinion," said Franklin.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about ten million more women voted than men in the 2008 presidential election.

Columbus Voter Derice Scott says no matter who you vote for, your voice should be heard.

"I do encourage for all the women, everyone to come out and vote. This is our future, the future of our children. So, yes, please get out here and vote," said Scott.

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