Georgia surpasses 1 million total vote count Thursday

Georgia surpasses 1 million total vote count Thursday
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 12: Voters line up inside of State Farm Arena, Georgia's largest early voting location, for the first day of early voting in the general election on October 12, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Early voting in Georgia runs from October 12-30. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — Voters will continue to cast their ballots early for the fourth day straight day and elections officials confirm Thursday evening that Georgians have cast over 1 million ballots.

Channel 2′s Justin Gray has been following all of the early voting updates and he’s learned that as of 5 p.m., 1,051,957 Georgians have voted so far in the 2020 election.

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Top 5 counties with highest turnout as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday:

  1. Fulton: 108,261
  2. DeKalb: 89,458
  3. Cobb: 84,526
  4. Gwinnett: 46,567
  5. Forsyth: 25,770

With the increased turn out for early voting, many metro Atlanta counties are adding more location and voting machines to help cut down on long lines.

In Douglas County, leaders said the long lines and the wait time to vote at the courthouse earlier this week broke record numbers and that forced them to open the new polling sites: Deer Lick Park and the Boundary Waters Aquatic Center.

Other counties are also adding more voting machines to help with those long lines.

At Gwinnett’s election headquarters in Lawrenceville, officials added five voting machines and two check-in stations.

In Cobb County, more voting machines are coming and the county is expanding with two more locations planned next week.