Voting gets under way today throughout Georgia, about six weeks head of election day. Turnout is expected to shatter records amid intense interest in the race for the White House.
In DeKalb County, the Registrar’s Office estimates more than 500 people already headed to the polls before noon on the first day of early absentee voting. DeKalb Registrar of Voters Spokesperson Linda Latimore said, “When we arrived at 6:30 or 7:00 a.m., there were people coming into the parking lot at that time.”
Like many states, Georgia has seen a surge in voter registration. Nearly 100,000 new voters registered in the state in August alone. More are expected before the state’s Oct. 6 voter registration deadline. That’s likely to translate into long lines at polling places on Nov. 4.
Changes in state law now allow registered voters to begin casting their ballots Monday, a full six weeks early instead of waiting until a week before the election as in previous years.
State officials maintain they’re ready but also are urging Georgians to vote early and avoid the crush.
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is among those who will take advantage of voting Monday and is encouraging others to get it out of the way early.
I think I will go vote tomorrow morning 🙂 I’m pretty sure I know who I’m voting for, and that’s not about to change in the next 6 weeks, or ever.