FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Early voting kicks off this weekend in several metro area counties for the general election.
This is the first time in a big general election that voters are going to be able to cast a ballot on the weekend. It will be the first time ever that Georgia voters will have the opportunity to early vote on a Sunday.
“You have people that work a lot and Sunday is mainly is some people’s down time, and that'll give them an opportunity to vote,” said voter Jacklyn Madden.
Fulton County has seven early voting sites open Saturday. There will be twice that many next weekend in Fulton. DeKalb County will also have sites open next weekend.
Early voting started Monday across the state. Election officials expect the number of voters to build as it gets closer to Nov. 4.
“We really don't know what to expect yet. We know that there are several churches that are talking about having campaigns to bring people out. There are discussions about busing people, and so we're excited about any opportunity to allow people to cast their ballot,” said Maxine Daniels, DeKalb County voter registration and elections director.
The race for governor and senator is expected to draw a large turnout on Election Day, and officials are urging voters to avoid the lines by voting early.
“I wanted to make sure that I cast my vote, just in case anything else comes down the road on Nov 4," said voter Robin Reid.
The seven sites in Fulton County are open Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
On weekdays, they are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. More early voting sites will open next week.
Officials say to check with your local election officer directly to confirm that you are registered to vote. Whether you vote early or on Election Day, you’ll need to show a photo ID. For more information on voting, click here.