Gwinnett on track for largest advance voting turnout in its history

Hundreds of people lined up outside the Gwinnett County elections office Monday morning for the first day of early voting. TYLER ESTEP / TYLER.ESTEP@AJC.COM
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Hundreds of people lined up outside the Gwinnett County elections office Monday morning for the first day of early voting. TYLER ESTEP / TYLER.ESTEP@AJC.COM

Gwinnett County is on track to have its largest advance voting turnout in history, officials said Monday.

County spokesman Joe Sorenson said that, through Saturday, 58,708 voters had cast advance in-person ballots for the Nov. 8 election. That number puts Gwinnett well on pace to break the record of 88,798 that was set in 2008.

"It looks like we're on track to have the largest pre-election vote that we've ever had," Sorenson said.

Overall, a total of 69,453 Gwinnett County votes had been counted before the start of Monday's voting. That number includes absentee ballots (10,453) and electronic ballots received from military members and others overseas (292).

In all, about 13 percent of Gwinnett's 519,152 registered voters had voted prior to Monday.

Early voting started Oct. 17 in Gwinnett and got off to a roaring start, with residents waiting up to four and five hours to cast their ballots on the first day. Turnout was so high that the county opened two satellite locations on Oct. 24, a week earlier than scheduled.

Gwinnett's full slate of eight advance voting locations opened Saturday and will remain open this week. Hours and addresses can be found here.

The county also posts regular wait time updates for each location on its website.