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Georgia Early Voting Totals Past 688,000

Oct. 25, 2012

Kristina Torres, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Daily early voting totals in Georgia pushed beyond 688,000 in the past 24 hours for the upcoming general election, according to numbers compiled Thursday by the Secretary of State's Office. Here are the counts, plus what you need to know about heading to the polls before Election Day.

GENERAL STATEWIDE TURNOUT

Number of ballots cast: 688,388

Number of ballots voted in person: 568,057

Number of mail-in ballots returned: 120,331

Number of mail-in ballots outstanding: 97,413

TOP FIVE COUNTIES WITH HIGHEST TURNOUT

Fulton: 62,444

DeKalb: 60,859

Gwinnett: 26,871

Cobb: 23,622

Henry: 22,658

WHERE TO VOTE EARLY

Any voter registered in Georgia can vote early. Personalized polling locations and times can be found via the Georgia secretary of state's website (www.sos.ga.gov/mvp). Each county or municipality has at least one early-voting site open. Starting next week, counties especially in metro Atlanta will increase their early-voting sites and extend hours. All will have a limited number of polls open Saturday, which is a mandatory early-voting day. Election Day is Nov. 6.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

Georgia requires voters to show photo identification when they vote in person. Approved forms of identification include a Georgia driver's license, even if it's expired; a valid U.S. passport; and a valid U.S. military photo ID. The state also offers a free voter ID card, which can be issued at any county registrar's office or through the state Department of Driver Services.

TELL US WHY YOU VOTED

Are you an early voter? Tell us why you participated in the Nov. 6 election. Take a photo of yourself featuring your answer, then send it one of these ways:

1. Email your photo to share@ajc.com with "Why I Voted" in the subject field

2. Tweet your photo to @ajc with the hashtag #whyivoted

3. Upload your photo or video from your computer at share.ajc.com



Source: (c)2012 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, Ga.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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