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Your wait time could be shorter to vote on Tuesday - here's why
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Voters make their way through the line during early voting Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at the Hall County Government Center. - photo by Austin Steele

More than 22,000 people voted early in Hall County for the Nov. 6 election, a race that has produced high early voter turnout nationwide.

Terenda Sargent, registration coordinator with the county’s elections office, said wait times ranged from 45 minutes to an hour for the last week of early voting, although at some times of the day voters were able to get through in 30 minutes.

On Friday, the last day of early voting, 1,926 people filed into the Hall County Government Center to cast their ballots. The wait time on Friday was about two hours, and the last voter cast their ballot shortly after 7 p.m., two hours after polls were scheduled to close, Sargent said.

About 1,600 people came in each day on Wednesday and Thursday.

The elections office is anticipating shorter wait times on Tuesday, Sargent said.

Early voting started Oct. 15. Now, voters will have to wait until Tuesday to go to their polling place and vote.

Hall has 120,848 registered voters who are eligible to cast a ballot in this election, so turnout has already been about 18 percent before election day.

More than 30 million people nationwide have cast their ballots early for these midterms. In 2014, the last midterms, 28.3 million people voted early.

In Hall County, the ballot has several state and local races, including the governor race, as well as contests for two state House districts and Georgia’s 9th District for the U.S. House of Representatives. Locally, two Hall County Board of Education positions and the spot for District 1 commissioner, representing South Hall, are up for a vote.

While the Hall County Government Center was the only place open for early voting, along with three other locations on Oct. 27, polling places countywide will be ready to take voters on Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Polling places are available on the Secretary of State website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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