More than 12,000 people have participated in early voting so far. DeKalb County Supervisor of Elections Maxine Daniels said that when she arrived at 6 a.m., voters were already standing in line waiting for the polls to open.
“I wasn’t surprised by it. Anytime you have an open presidential office it will be phenomenal.”
Daniels said other than periodic long lines, there were no problems reported. She said the backup was caused by voters filling out the forms to cast their ballot.
Congressman John Lewis and Congressman Hank Johnson kicked off early voting today by campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Lewis joined Fulton County Chairman John Eaves and State Rep. Park Cannon to host a Millennial March starting at Nelson Street Bridge and marching to the polls with college students. Earlier in the morning, Congressman Hank Johnson, Commissioner Mereda Johnson, and fellow Democrats headed to the polls with supporters and cast their ballots.
“The vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful tool or instrument in a democratic society,” Congressman Lewis said. “For more than 50 years, I have marched so that every person can exercise their right to vote. I’ve been beaten, left bloody and unconscious, all so that each and every one of us can be full participants in our democracy.”
DeKalb County has a total of 493,147 registered voters in DeKalb County.
Rockdale Elections Supervisor Cynthia Welch said the turnout in Rockdale was overwhelming with approximately 2,706 ballots cast on opening day.
“This gives us a good indication of what we can expect for the coming days of this election,” said Welch.
Welch said there are 48,745 registered voters in Rockdale.
As of Tuesday, Oct. 18, a total of 4,050 ballots had been tallied, Welch reported. So far, 2,864 in-person votes were tallied and 1,186 mailed ballots had been issued.
Early voting ends Nov. 4.
EARLY VOTING IN ROCKDALE
In Rockdale County, you can cast your vote:
Monday-Friday Oct. 17- 28, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Oct. 29, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Monday- Friday, Oct. 31- Nov. 4, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
LOCATION: 1400 Parker Road, Lobby C, Conyers, GA 30094
EARLY VOTING IN DEKALB
Sample Ballot can be found at http://web.dekalbcountyga.gov/Voter/pdf/SampleBallot/SB_11082016.pdf