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Day one of early voting is a big one in Georgia

Brant Sanderlin via AJC

A record number of voters cast ballots on the first day of early voting before the Georgia primary.

The AJC reports that turnout was nearly twice as high as the start of the 2020 primary.

According to data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, 27,298 Georgians voted in person Monday, with about 54 percent of those ballots cast by Republicans.

This year’s primary features races for Georgia governor, the U.S. Senate, statewide offices and the General Assembly and some local races, including mayor and commission seats in Athens.

Early voting is available across Georgia every weekday and on two Saturdays until May 20. Some counties are offering Sunday voting opportunities as well. Election day is May 24.

On Monday, voters in Cobb and Dekalb Counties initially experienced problems in which the correct ballots weren’t displayed, but that problem was corrected by instructing poll workers to manually pull up the correct ballots on touchscreens.

No problems were reported Tuesday.