Georgians brave chilly weather, long lines for early voting



ATLANTA - Thousands braved the long lines and even longer wait times at early voting locations across metro Atlanta this weekend.

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From voter registration offices in Rockdale County and south Fulton County to offices in north Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett, lines were long, often wrapping around buildings and extending along sidewalks, observers said.

In this first year for statewide voting on a Saturday, counties kept polling places open at least from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Secretary of State’s Office told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Channel 2's Sophia Choi found Angela Brooms and her husband, Claude making their way to the back of a long line in Johns Creek in north Fulton County.

"I can't imagine what's it going to be like on the actual voting day, if it's like this now. So we're going to start right now," Brooms said.

Other voters used the time to review sample ballots to make sure they made the right decision.

Another voter, Bin Desh, said he was shocked by the scores of people, who chose to participate in early voting on the weekend.

"I never knew this many people (would) be here today. It's crazy," Desh said.

But poll workers said they were prepared for the crowd.

"We've anticipated this. We're fully staffed. We have about 15 to 18 people here; crowd control, processors (staff)," Joe Ferrell, Johns Creek poll manager said.

In south Fulton, officials reported wait times of nearly two hours, as wait times in Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb were lengthy, too.

Officials said voting opportunities will increase on Monday as counties, especially in metro Atlanta, expand the number of early voting polling sites and extend hours. Early voting ends next Friday.

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