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Secretary of state: Almost 750,000 Georgians have voted early
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp speaks to the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville on Tuesday.

Voters Guide to Nov. 8 election

Hall County early voting

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 4, Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Saturday voting: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Government Center; East Hall Community Center, 3911 P Davidson Road; North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville; Spout Springs Library, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

More info: For early voting info in other counties, visit the Secretary of State web page.

Nearly 750,000 Georgians have cast votes ahead of the Nov. 8 general election, Secretary of State Brian Kemp told a Gainesville audience Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s amazing the turnout we’re seeing in Georgia,” he told the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, meeting at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville. “We’re having very few problems statewide.”

“Everywhere I go, all across the state,” Kemp added, “what we’re hearing is the turnout has been real heavy — way ahead of 2012.”

Local election officials “like to see that,” he said. “It really makes their job easier on Election Day. It will cut down on lines at local polling locations. A lot of the bigger-sized counties are having multiple locations in the community where you can vote.”

As of Friday, about 8,000 Hall County voters had cast their ballots for the presidency and local races, Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee said at the time.

The average wait time topped out at about 30 minutes, she added.

The pace in the first week of early voting matches or exceeds turnout in 2008 and 2012, Sosebee said.

“I really did not expect this number this week,” she added. “I don’t recall it being like this” in 2012.

There are 108,645 eligible voters in Hall this election cycle.

Sosebee said she wouldn’t be surprised to see it reach 76 percent voter turnout, which would equal turnout in 2008.

Kemp said election officials also “keep getting hundreds and thousands of mail-in ballots every day, and we will up until the election.”

He urged residents looking to vote by absentee ballot “to go ahead and do that. Don’t wait until the last minute.”

Counties also are planning for Saturday voting this week.

“Some counties will have multiple Saturday (voting),” Kemp said. “Fulton County is actually voting seven days a week up until the last Sunday before the election.”

In Hall, early voting is taking place at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., voting will be held there as well as at the East Hall Community Center, North Hall Community Center and Spout Springs Library.

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