People told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston they waited up to three hours in line again Thursday looking to cast their ballots in the 2018 midterm election.
Photo: Ben Brasch/AJC
Photo: Ben Brasch/AJC

Cobb in-person early voting up 30 percent from last midterm election

Compared to the last midterm election, there’s been a 30.8 percent increase in the number of votes cast during the first week of early voting in Cobb County.

Elections data shows 6,560 people voted between Oct. 13 and 17 in 2014 and almost exactly 2,000 more people than that —8,586 — voted Monday through Friday last week.

That increase was seen throughout Georgia.

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And that doesn’t include the 3,161 Cobb folks who, according to the elections office, voted in person Saturday.

An indicator that folks were energized this midterm election was the three-hour line some went through to perform their civic duty.

When asked, many voters last week said they were there to vote for gubernatorial candidates Democrat Stacey Abrams or Republican Brian Kemp.

In 2014, voters were mostly out to cast ballots for incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal or Democratic challenger Jason Carter. In that year, Kemp was running for secretary of state.

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Until Saturday, the county government center on Whitlock Avenue was Cobb’s sole early voting location.

On Saturday, the new Jim R. Miller Park Event Center, 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta opened up.

For an easy look at which precincts are open when, all the times and dates for other early voting locations in Cobb can be found here.

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The breakdown of in-person voters by day:

Monday, Oct. 151,290

Tuesday, Oct. 161,150

Wednesday, Oct. 171,299

Thursday, Oct. 181,288

Friday, Oct. 191,541

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