DeKalb County is a leader in early voting

Voters walk in The DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office off Memorial Drive on Monday morning as early voting begins. JOSHUA SHARPE/JOSHUA.SHARPE@AJC.COM
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Voters walk in The DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office off Memorial Drive on Monday morning as early voting begins. JOSHUA SHARPE/JOSHUA.SHARPE@AJC.COM

Credit: Joshua Sharpe

Credit: Joshua Sharpe

After two weeks of early voting, DeKalb County is a leader in the numbers.

By Monday morning, 96,759 people had cast ballots, which represents almost 19 percent of the county’s 519,185 registered voters. That puts DeKalb second among Georgia’s four most populous counties in percentage of voters taking advantage of advanced voting.

"It's a brisk turnout," DeKalb elections director Maxine Daniels said Monday. "We expect to have another 100,000 people this week."

In Fulton County, nearly 23 percent of registered voters had already been to the polls. In Cobb, the number was 14 percent, 13 in Gwinnett.

Most DeKalb voters asked on the first day of advanced voting expressed frustration with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. But that might be expected in a county known to be among Georgia's most faithful Democratic strongholds.