27 percent of all registered Cobb voters have already cast ballots

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Cobb County got out and voted early like never before during a midterm election.

A whopping 27.2 percent of Cobb's registered voters have already cast their ballots in this contentious 2018 midterm race. In all, that amounts to 134,173 ballots — and mail-in votes are still being tallied.

“For the midterm, that’s unprecedented,” Cobb elections head Janine Eveler said Monday.

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Because of rules changes in 2012, there is only one midterm and two presidential races that can be compared to what’s going on this year.

During the last midterm election, in 2014, a total of 17 percent of Cobb’s registered voters cast ballots.

In 2012, about 30 percent of Cobb's voters voiced their opinions early. And during the energized 2016 presidential election, that number was 39 percent.


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record-breaking 6.9 million Georgians are registered to vote this year.

Eveler warns that if people have trouble at the polls, like vote-switching problems due to bad calibration or long fingernails, the solution is simple.

“If they have any problems with their voting machine, they should let a poll worker know,” she said.


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