After struggling to find a place to register to vote on Monday that wasn’t crowded, John Fowler decided to try his luck yesterday.
When he arrived at the Parliamentary Registration Department yesterday morning, he met a small crowd of people.
It was not like the long lines he said he saw at the registration sites at the Mall at Marathon or at the post office in Elizabeth Estates.
On Monday, just under 400 people were registered to vote, Acting Parliamentary Commission Lavado Duncanson said yesterday.
“Last week we had dipped tremendously. It was in the low 30s, believe it or not,” he said
“On Saturday, there would have been about 100 and some odd persons that would have registered for any number of reasons. This would have included registration as well as transfers.”
Fowler said he wanted to register because of the rumors of a possible early election, a sentiment shared by nearly everyone who spoke with The Guardian yesterday.
“I heard the rumors so I said it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Fowler said.
Fowler said the last time he voted was in 2012.
“I feel like every vote counts and your voice needs to be heard,” he said.
“I just felt that you are disserving your country by not actually voting. So I felt that I wanted to vote this time.”
Richard Johnson, who was seeking to change his address, said he avoided the process on Monday because he knew the lines would be long.
“I couldn’t do the crowds,” he said.
“Today is much better than what I saw yesterday.”
He said he wants to be prepared to vote in case the election is called.
Tintil, who declined to give her last name, said she’s ready vote.
“I have to make my one vote to make a change,” she said.
“Gold rush. Gold rush. Gold rush.”
She said she visited the department on Monday and decided to come back yesterday.
“I’m ready to vote,” she said.
“Fired up and ready to go. It’s time for a change. It’s too much promise.
“They promise, promise, promise the people. Ain’t do a lick.”
Raymond Vildur said he wants to see a change.
“I see things really tough right now,” he said.
“The government who we are stuck with now don’t do nothing much.”
Duncanson said following reports of long lines across the departments various satellite sites, officials made adjustments to better serve Bahamians.
“We have readjusted some of our resources at some of the locations that we have received some feedback as recently as yesterday,” he said.
“We have sought to reassess some resources so that we can better serve persons as they present themselves for registration. We are also monitoring more effectively today.
“We are taking an aggressive stance as it relates to monitoring progress made at the various centers so that we can minimize disruption.”