Swing state Georgia breaks turnout record on first day of early voting


Most will be open for three weeks of in-person voting, in addition to the option of voting by mail as well as on Election Day. Five locations showed wait times of more than an hour on Tuesday afternoon.

A long line snaked around the Brownsville Public Library on Central Boulevard this morning, as registered voters headed to the polling place to take advantage of early voting for the November 3 General Election.

Atlanta's State Farm Arena, the state's largest early voting site, which has 300 voting machines, also briefly encountered technical issues, WABE also reported, that lasted about an hour.

The high turnout surpassed the almost 91,000 votes cast on the first day of early voting in 2016 and saw eager voters waiting in hours-long lines across the state to cast their ballots.

18 primary, about 20,000 mail ballots were dropped off or picked up on Election Day in Miami-Dade County.

"We typically vote early, but it's not typically like this", Kevin Dies, 40, told cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer as he stood near the beginning of the line at the Summit County Board of Elections.

"It's not unusual for us to see a first day rush for big elections", said Joe Sorenson, Gwinnett County spokesman. This is the voting line in Cobb County.

"It is possible, of course, these measures will ultimately prove insufficient and long lines will still arise", he wrote. "Let's give it a few days".

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"Georgia is seeing record turnout for early voting because of excitement and enthusiasm of the upcoming election", Raffensperger's office said, according to the station.

A flood of election-related lawsuits have been filed seeking to have judges order changes.

Cuyahoga County voters lined up outside the board of elections, stretching down Euclid Avenue and East 30th Street.

"I remember seeing long lines when I lived in Dallas during Reagan's first election", said Tyler. "But that is not the point; no one, including this Court, can guarantee short lines".

According to The Guardian, in some places, such as State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the long-wait was caused by reported problems with the electronic pollbooks that are used to check in voters.

Residents can cast their ballots early October 17 through October 30, with guaranteed weekend voting in place throughout the state, Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin said in a statement.

Tanasia is a national Real-Time reporter based in Atlanta covering Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and the southeastern U.S. She's an alumna of Kennesaw State University and joined McClatchy in 2020.