Voters Line Up At The Polls

By: Jaimee Colley Email
By: Jaimee Colley Email

After months of campaigning, Election Day is finally here.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. across the States of Florida and Georgia. Many voters lined up before sunrise to make sure they were first in line to cast their ballots.

Elections supervisors across the area say make sure you give yourself enough time to wait in line.

The polls close at 7 p.m. As long as you're in line by 7 p.m. you can vote after the scheduled poll closing time.

Here are a couple of tips to make your voting experience go smoothly:

1. Bring your ID.
2. On the ballot, fill in the oval. Don't circle. Don't X. When filling the oval, follow directions posted in the privacy booth.
3. You don't have to vote in every race or issue.
4. If you make a mistake, you can get a new ballot. Ask a poll worker.
5. You can still turn in absentee ballots in person.

More than 4 million people already cast early or absentee ballots in Florida, that’s nearly 40-percent of eligible voters.

Registered Democrats led Republicans in the number cast by nearly 360,000.

Both John McCain and Barack Obama made last minute stops to Florida on Monday, knowing that winning the state could mean an overall victory. Florida has 27 electoral votes, more than any other swing state.

Today will also be a busy day at the polls for Peach State voters and local counties are bracing for the rush.

Election officials in Atlanta's Fulton County decided not to ask federal permission to keep polls open on Election Day until 9 p.m.

They concluded that they have enough voting machines to handle the hundreds of thousands of voters expected to cast ballots.

Clayton County's Elections Director says officials will do all they can to ensure those in line by the time the polls close get to vote.

More than 2 million people -- some 36 percent of Georgia's registered voters -- already have cast their ballots.

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