500,000 Georgians already have voted

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ATLANTA -- Nearly 500,000 voters have cast ballots so far in early voting, with Chatham County ranking fifth out of all counties with 15,388 ballots cast.

Three weeks of early voting remain, and the pace of early voting should pick up as Election Day nears, said Russell Bridges, elections supervisor for Chatham County.

“We’ve exceeded the number of early votes we’ve ever had in any election, and that’s a good thing. If nobody showed up on Election Day, we’ve already got a 10 percent turnout,” Bridges quipped.

At the current rate, about 20 percent of the county’s electorate will vote early in this election, he said.

Such high figures should reduce lines at the polls the county’s remaining 115,000 registered voters may face, and pressure the county’s voting system must endure, on Nov. 4.

DeKalb County ranked highest with 54,981 ballots cast. Other counties in the top 30 included: Richmond (16th, 9,237 ballots); Columbia (19th, 7,257); and Clarke (23rd, 6,781).

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ahmgunaeachoo 10/15/08 - 02:11 pm
It would be nice to see a

It would be nice to see a complete list of ballots cast by county and rank. Thanks!!

No_Longer_Amazed 10/15/08 - 06:21 pm
IMO early voting is like

IMO early voting is like buying a 'pig in a poke.' How can you make an informed decision weeks before the election before all facts have been put out and all the debates have been held? I guess it's a 'no brainer' for people who vote blindly for a party or candidate regardless of their platform.

keepinitreal 10/15/08 - 09:04 pm
Well since you are no longer

Well since you are no longer amazed, then why put out comments that show concern? There are several reasons as to why early voting and especially for this election should be allowed regardless of 2 or 3 more wks to come. Most people know what they already have etched in the back of their brains who they want and wanted long ago. Your opinion is yours but hey, it is what it is and how it's gonna be. Even if something out of the ordinary happened, I believe everything is gonna be different for all of our futures in spite of who wins.

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