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Early Voting Issue May Not Die This Year even if Bill Does

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It's a bill that would cut down the number of early and advance voting days from 21 to six days. It's one of many that may not "cross over" this year in the Georgia legislature meaning it may die in committee and not be debated in 2014. Yet those on both sides of the political aisle say the issue is not likely to die even if the bill does.

Elizebeth Overton, the chair of the Chatham County republican party says six days still gives people plenty of access. "And for those six days it's not in one place, they open it up at the Civic Center and other places in the County," she says.

Overton also agrees with the bill's author that it would be a cost savings for small municipalities that have to hire people for that three week period. "There is a cost to it," she told us.

But Miguel Camacho from the Georgia Democratic party had a different take, saying that in 2008 and 2012, democrats led in early voting. "if early voting numbers were in republicans favor, we wouldn't even be having this debate," he said.

Camacho says it's clear "democrats have the advantage in early voting so now the party in power is trying to do everything it can to stop that."

Camacho believes that politics and not cost is at the heart of this bill. But supporters say there is a cost. Overton also believes opening up polls for longer periods "makes fraud more likely."

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