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Posted: 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

Numbers up for early voting in Georgia

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By Kristina Torres

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Daily totals show a nearly 70,000 jump in ballots cast in the past 24 hours for the upcoming general election, according to early voting totals compiled Wednesday 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 as of Wednesday: 193,151

Number of ballots voted in person: 120,032

Number of mail-in ballots returned: 73,119

Number of mail-in ballots outstanding: 98,931

TOP FIVE COUNTIES WITH HIGHEST TURNOUT

Fulton: 17,765

DeKalb: 16,326

Cobb: 10,221

Gwinnett: 9,326

Henry: 4,509

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. Closer to Nov. 6, counties especially in metro Atlanta will increase their number of early-voting sites and even extend hours. All will have a limited number of polls open Oct. 27, which is a mandatory Saturday early-voting day.

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

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