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According to an email from the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections, 976 people voted today. Just over 900 people votedat the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections on Monday.

People in Macon and Bibb are voting to elect the first mayor of their new consolidated government and settle runoffs in four county commission races.

Around 7,400 showed up during the three week early voting period for the September 17th election. That's an average of just under 500 people per day.

So far for the runoff early voting, the average is over 800 a day.

Mayoral candidate C. Jack Ellis says boosting voter turnout has been a big focus in his runoff campaign.

"This is about turnout now, that's all it's about, getting people to the polls who didnt go before and those who went before," says Ellis. "That's very critical to us. We're running a ground war. We don't have a lot of money to spend on your station and other stations, so we take our fight right to the streets, and that's what we are, we're street fighters."

Ellis got 28% of the vote on September 17th but 36% of the early vote leading up to it. The early turnout helped him into the runoff, since Mayor Robert Reichert got a majority of the votes cast on the 17th.

Early voting ends this Friday. Election day is October 15th.

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