Despite a new computer system, there were no hitches during the first day of early voting Monday for the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government.
Bibb County Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson said Bibb is the first county in Georgia to use the state’s new voting software. Because it’s so new, Watson said voting moved a little more slowly than usual as poll workers took a while to adjust.
“It took everybody some time to get used to it,” she said. “The state replaced an antiquated system. … We’re the only county our size to use it, so everybody’s looking at us. It cut out some work for us in some areas, but in other aspects, it was more work.”
According to elections officials, 525 voters turned up Monday to cast their ballots.
The general election is Sept. 17, with voters choosing among six mayoral candidates on the ballot. There also are multiple signs posted within the Board of Elections office to notify voters that Anthony Harris qualified as an official write-in candidate, even though his name doesn’t appear on the ballot.
There has been a little confusion about who is eligible to vote. Watson said any voter registered by Aug. 19 in the city or the county can vote in this election.