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In the midst of a national election, many in Athens are thinking locally with their votes

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After shattering midterm early voting expectations, Georgians flocked to the polls on Election Day, adding to the state’s record midterm election turnout. But even as the midterms in Georgia play a significant role in the national political landscape, many in Athens are thinking locally in the voting booth.

Lauren, a mother of two, says that midterm elections are vital to a community's health.

Like Lauren, Jenna says that Georgians should take on the responsibility of voting in their local elections.

Jeremy Field says that exercising his right to vote allows him to determine his community’s future and to instill a sense of responsibility into his children.

Over 2.5 million voters in Georgia voted early or absentee, with millions more turning up on election day.