Today’s general election is drawing a record number of voters to a precinct located on Albany State University’s campus. Students began forming a line before the HPER Gymnasium opened at 7 a.m. and the lines continue as students break for lunch.
Student Government Association President Clarence Washington says the battle for who will occupy the White House; local and state issues and a voter registration drive got ASU students interested in exercising their voting rights. A visit by Civil Rights pioneer Ambassador Andrew Young was also a reminder to make it to the polls or mail in absentee ballots.
Washington is pleased with the turnout. “This precinct was in jeopardy of closing down. We worked to increase the numbers and this is the result of our efforts,” he said.
Throughout the day students are taking golf cart shuttles between classes to the precinct. Albany residents are voting there too until the precinct closes at 7 p.m.