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Turnout for early voting remains steady

Lines on Election Day expected to be comparable to 2008

POSTED: October 29, 2012 11:32 p.m.

A steady stream of Hall County voters cast their ballots this past weekend as election offices statewide opened for Saturday voting.

“We had a great turnout,” said Charlotte Sosebee, Hall County director of elections and chief registrar. “The day was pretty steady like it has been. We had a continuous line that wasn’t long, but it was steady.”

Sosebee added that Saturday’s longest wait time was about 20 minutes at the Hall County Elections Office off Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, the only location available for early voting in Hall.

The office recorded 1,467 registered voters Saturday, something Sosebee said she expected after turnout numbers have continued to rise since early voting began Oct. 15. Although the elections office has been averaging a daily turnout of at least 1,000 early voters, the number is not expected to go down for Election Day.

“If turnout continues as it has been for early voting, Election Day will be comparable to what it was in the 2008 election,” she said. “There will be steady lines and about the same numbers as there have been for early voting.”

The ballot includes the presidential election, U.S. House 9th District race, two state amendments and other statewide and local races.

Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.

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