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Early Voting Wraps Up in Georgia

Early Voting
Posted at 5:09 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 17:09:00-04

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WTXL) -- More than 2 million residents have already turned out to vote in the Peach State, shattering the record set in 2008 by about 80,000 votes.

The Decatur County Board of Elections and Registration says more people have turned out for early voting than the number expected on Election Day.

As of Friday evening, 5,593 voted in person, and 455 mail-in ballots have been returned.

With 13,853 active voters in the county, turnout prior to Election Day was 43 percent.

Chief elections official Carol Heard says the numbers this year are slightly higher than those in the 2012 presidential election.

"We've been getting ready for this for about a year now, so this is our fourth election this year," Heard said. "We got a fantastic crew that's obviously been preparing this for the last four elections."

Decatur County has two voting locations with a team of 65 poll workers ready to help voters.

The office strongly encourages voters to know about the candidates and the amendments before heading to the polls Tuesday.