Fulton County election turnout surged in the evening

After polls closed in Fulton County Tuesday, elections director Richard Barron said turnout increased toward the end of voting.

About 130,000 people voted in the county, Barron said, with about 88,000 of those votes coming on election day. Turnout was slow and steady, he said, then surged in the evening. There are nearly 641,000 registered voters in the county, putting turnout at about 20 percent countywide.

Barron said one precinct had minor issues in the morning that required voters to vote provisionally for about 20 minutes. Otherwise, he said, “it was pretty quiet.”

Fulton County residents voted for a new leader of the county government, in addition to a number of city elections, school board races and some state senator and representative races. The most high-profile is the Atlanta mayor’s race.

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