Voters throughout Chatham County embrace early hours, cooler weather to cast votes

Voters standing outside Pooler Church on Commerce Court in Pooler on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Voters standing outside Pooler Church on Commerce Court in Pooler on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga.

Election day in Chatham County attracted both young and older voters to the polls on Tuesday to make one of the most important decision in 2016.

And while the polls opened early at 7:00 a.m. and were supposed to close at 7:00 p.m., some polling places stayed open to allow those to vote who were still standing in line at closing time.

News 3’s Courtney Cole takes a closer a look at the voting experience throughout Chatham County.

For some in Chatham County, lining up to vote and let their voices be heard happened as soon as the sun came up.

It was standing room only at The Pooler Church on Commerce Court, with more than 100 people lined up when the polls opened at 7:00 a.m.

There was a similar scene at Rothwell Baptist Church in Pooler, with many voters more than willing to take on the brisk morning weather to fulfill their civic duty.

“I am happy to be here to cast my vote. I think it’s going to be a long day for everyone involved,” said Stacy Weston, one of the many who showed up to vote at Rothwell Baptist Church in Pooler.

…Long, just like the line.

“Longest line ever…it wasn’t this long when Obama ran,” Weston told News 3.

But it wasn’t just voters News 3 spotted in line. We ran into an elected official, humbled by the opportunity to vote on Tuesday.

“We owe our veterans so much,  but I think of all the freedoms we enjoy, the freedom to vote is perhaps the most rewarding,” said Congressman Buddy Carter, the U.S. Representative from the 1st Congressional District of Georgia.

While some polling places we visited didn’t have any problems at all, St. Francis Episcopal Church on Wilmington Island had to replace some of their machines Tuesday morning. Voters were told only two of the eight voting machines worked.

“I wanted to turn and run, but I didn’t have a choice. Giving it’s the only voting day of the year, and I didn’t have a chance to do my early voting with work and my schedule last week and the lines being…I heard 3 hours long at the islands last week,” Sable Taylor, a voter at St. Francis Episcopal, told News 3.

Replacement machines were delivered just before 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

But one thing we noticed,  at just about every polling place that we stopped today, were long lines. So those who headed out to vote Tuesday evening after work or school were asked to pack their patience and check their voter registration cards to make sure they were going to make the journey to the right precinct.

“You just kind of have to wait as long as it takes I think. You could say that this is just as about important as it gets for us…Speaking up and giving people our opinion, giving the government our opinion. It’s an important day, this is what America’s all about,” said Tudor Negrea, a voter at First Presbyterian Church in Savannah.

Be sure to stay tuned to WSAV and WSAV.com as we will continue to bring you the latest results in the Presidential Election as well as local races happening in Georgia and South Carolina.

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