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Early voting starts strong in Clarke County

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Julianne Akers/WUGA
A line of voters stretched outside the Clarke County Elections Office on the first day of early voting, October 22, 2022.

Early voting in Clarke County is off to a strong start. Data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office show that 2,113 Clarke County voters cast their ballots on Saturday and Sunday in the runoff election for US Senate between incumbent Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

The decision to open up early voting on Saturday by the Clarke County Board of Elections came early last week after a Fulton County judge gave Saturday voting the go-ahead over objections by the Secretary of State’s office. Local elections officials also had concerns about Saturday voting, including reservations about whether many people would choose to vote on Saturday, given the congestion and traffic issues associated with a home football game.

Early voting continues in Clarke County through Friday. Five locations will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. For a list of locations, see accgov.com/advancevoting.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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