500,000 Georgians already have voted

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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