Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he went to Meridian Park this morning to cast his ballot on the first day of early voting. He was greeted by long, long lines.
“Just wow! Awesome. Voting in Loganville is underway,” he said. “I am so glad that we can now early vote at Meridian Park in Loganville. The parking lot is full – all the way to the daycare center. Before we used to have to go to Monroe to do this.”
Martinez said that a poll worker had told him that, just in Loganville, almost 200 people had voted by 1:30 p.m. with a 2-hour wait for most voters. After initial lines were around the building outside, they were taken inside once rain threatened.
It is just as well that there is now more than one location in Walton County to early vote. The lines were just as long in Monroe. And, as was the case with Loganville, some people thought to bring along a chair to take the load off their feet as they waited their turn to cast their ballot in the 2020 General Election. According to the Walton County Elections Office, just before closing at 5 p.m.1,202 people had voted in the first day of early voting and 2,944 absentee ballots had already been received back from Walton County voters. In 2016, just 694 people voted the first day of early voting in Walton County and 231 in the 2014 midterms. In the 2018 midterms, 706 people voted on the first day of early voting.
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