COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The booths are officially open and early voting for local and state races across Georgia has begun.
Voters who cast their ballot Monday, April 30, said they came into the City Services Building along Macon Road, having already done their homework and confidently picking who they want to represent them.
Other voters said they came in bright and early on the first day of advance voting because of the hours the polls will stay open work better for their schedules.
The polls inside Muscogee County's only designated early voting location will stay open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The polls will also open during the weekends, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Voters scanning their ballots will see the choices for primary races that include governor and secretary of state, as well as candidates for local races, such as mayor and city council.
Isaac Brown, a veteran, said voting in general, is about exercising his right to choose who will best lead his state and community.
"My mind had been made up a few months ago," Brown said. "The time has come for us to get some new people down in the government."
Voters like David Smith said he wanted his friends and neighbors to know the polls are open and that the process to vote in advance is fairly easy.
"It is so quick, you go in, you get out," Smith said. "You've got an hour to kill in between lunch breaks. Scoff down your sandwich, run over here and do it."
Voters in other parts of west central Georgia, including Harris, Troup, Chattahoochee, and Stewart counties will also have to cast their ballots at a designated location for early voting.
Click here to find out when and where you can go to vote in advance.