Early voting began state-wide Monday. However, Bay County is leading the way in terms of voter turn-out, with a higher percentage of ballots cast there than many, much larger counties.
Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen says Bay County is doing well, but could be doing much better.
He says he wants folks there to continue to vote early because it takes pressure off polling places on September 5th.
Andersen says 3,200 Bay County citizens have voted since Monday, 800 on the first day alone.
"I think Bay County is very interested in democracy,” said Anderson. “I think Bay County really has their act together. We continue to strive, grow, (and) get people registered. I think we have a very caring community to have the numbers we've started out with compared to what's happening throughout some of the larger counties.”
Anderson adds, “We need to keep Bay County's home-town process of everyone votes, everyone gets involved and we need to make our numbers high for every election, not just big elections, but every election.”
Saturday, you can vote early, from 9AM until 5PM at any of the three voting sites.
Andersen recommends voting at either Panama City Beach city Hall or Parker City Hall to avoid waiting in line.
Early voting runs through next Saturday, September 2nd.
If you have any questions, call 784-6100 or log on to www.bayvotes.org.