Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District has surged past 102,000

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Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District has surged past 102,000

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Voters head into a polling location Saturday in north Fulton County ahead of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District runoff scheduled for June 20. CHAD RHYM/AJC

More than 102,000 people have already voted in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, nearly double the early vote total from April when a special election decided this month’s nationally watched runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

The early vote pace has surprised both pundits and local election officials, some of who are predicting a higher early voting turnout for the race than on June 20, which is Election Day.

The number of early voters as of Tuesday morning stood at 102,789, according to date from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Early voting ahead of the runoff ends Friday.

How to vote early

Check where to vote before you go. These are not your regular neighborhood polling places. The municipalities only open select sites during the early-voting period.

Use the Secretary of State Office’s personalized online “my voter page” website (www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do) to find more information and confirm your registration status.

Or call your local elections office to find early-voting locations or look for the “advance voting info” link under the elections tab of the Secretary of State Office’s website (www.sos.ga.gov).

Don’t forget to bring photo identification, which can include a Georgia driver’s license, even if it’s expired; a state-issued voter identification card; a valid U.S. passport; or a valid U.S. military photo ID.

No “ballot selfies” are allowed at the polls, so wait to snap a photo until you’re outside. It is illegal in Georgia to take pictures of a ballot or voting equipment, but the Secretary of State Office has said it has seen voters in previous elections post “ballot selfies” on social media — something that could get you in trouble with the law.

Information about local elections can also be found on the free “GA SOS” app for your smartphone via iTunes or Google Play for Android.

Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach reports.
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