Lee County voter turnout shocking poll workers


COLUMBUS, Ga. & AUBURN, Ala. – The largest voting precinct in Lee County is the Clarion Inn polling station. When our cameras were there this Super Tuesday the parking lot was swamped and folks seemed to walk in out with an extra excitement.

One voter told us that inside it seemed to be more like a sale than a voting precinct.

We spoke to two polling officials at the Clarion Inn location and they both say they have not ever seen this many people voting for a primary.

We also stopped by a couple of precincts in Columbus to see how voting was going. The first place was the Columbus Public Library and it was also full of people. The polling manager there tells us record turnout had been steady all morning long.

We also stopped by the Wynnton Methodist Church precinct and it wasn’t quite as busy as the library or Clarion Inn, but we did catch up with a father and son exercising their voting rights.

“I mean he is 3 and almost 4 so he’s you know and he’s not really familiar with what’s going on but he likes putting it in and punching the panel so it’s never too early to start,” says Jason Griffin.

All voting precincts are open until 7p.m. this evening. Stay with News 3 for your full election coverage.

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