Georgia early voting nears 1 million

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Georgia early voting nears 1 million

Heavy turnout Saturday pushed early-voting totals in Georgia just shy of the 1 million mark for the upcoming general election, according to numbers compiled Monday 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: 995,493

Number of ballots voted in person: 854,763

Number of mail-in ballots returned: 140,730

Number of mail-in ballots outstanding: 96,942

TOP FIVE COUNTIES WITH HIGHEST TURNOUT

Fulton: 87,602

DeKalb: 87,052

Gwinnett: 40,558

Cobb: 35,938

Henry: 34,262

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). By now, most counties or municipalities have several early-voting sites open. Early voting wraps up Friday at day’s end. Voting then resumes as normal on Election Day, Nov. 6.

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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