I decided to go out and cast my vote during the primary election later in the day to see if more people were out and about during their lunch breaks.
I’m able to walk to my polling location from my home so I decided not to drive over in case the parking lot was full. But, when I arrived, only a dozen cars were there.
All was quiet in the Saint Philip AME Church in Decatur as I walked in around 12:30 to cast my vote. After waiting in line behind one other person to fill out paperwork, I was quickly escorted to the voting machine area which was mostly vacant. Plenty of machines were lined up along the wall and the whole voting process took no more than five minutes.
One polling attendant said she had seen more people voting in this election than she expected, but she also said she didn’t think she would see a line forming out the door at any point today.
By the time I was finished casting my vote, a few more people were busy filling out paper work or getting ready at the machines, but it was very much as DeKalb County Elections Director Maxine Daniels had described the day to me earlier this morning: a slow trickle.
Polls close at 7 p.m. today.