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Big Turnout as Early in-person Voting Starts in Georgia

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The chance to cast ballots on the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia has thousands of people waiting for hours outside polling places.

Eager voters have waited six hours or more in the former Republican stronghold of Cobb County, and lines have wrapped around buildings in solidly Democratic DeKalb County. They also turned out in big numbers in north Georgia’s Floyd County, where President Donald Trump is highly popular. Record turnout is expected for this year’s presidential election and amid fears of coronavirus exposure, election officials and advocacy groups have encouraged people to vote early.

Credit Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP
Denise and Bill Hasbune, of Stone Mountain, Ga., fill out a pre-registration form while waiting in line to vote Monday morning Oct. 12, 2020 at the DeKalb County elections office in Decatur, Ga. The Hasbunes arrived before 6 a.m. because they said they wanted to be sure to exercise their right to vote and didn't want to take a chance of missing the opportunity.

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