Early voting gets off to a strong start in Walton and Gwinnett counties

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Enthusiasm appears to be strong if early voting is anything to go by in both Walton and Gwinnett counties. According to election officials in Walton County, 706 people had voted by early Tuesday morning, the second day of early voting in the midterm election. That compares to 694 ballots cast on the first day of early voting in the presidential election in 2016 and just 231 in the last midterms in 2014.

In Gwinnett County, officials also report a strong turnout for the first day of early voting. Joe Sorenson, communications director for Gwinnett County, said 2,471 votes were cast on Monday compared to 1,490 on the first day of advanced voting in the 2016 presidential election.

“We had a significant increase in voter registrations leading up to the deadline,” Sorenson said. He did not have the numbers available for the first day of advanced voting in the 2014 midterms.

There is no way, however, to tell just how many of those early voters are voting Republican and how many are voting Democrat. Jenni Phipps, director of elections for Walton County, also said there have been a good many new voters register in recent months, but there again it is difficult to predict which party those new voters are supporting. Both parties are working very hard to get out the vote.

Early voting in Georgia began on Oct. 15, and runs through Nov. 2, with Saturday voting on Oct. 27. In Walton County, early voting will take place during business hours at the Walton County Board of Elections, 303 S. Hammond Drive, Suite 11, Monroe, GA 30655. On weekdays the office will be open for voting from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the Saturday it will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you decide to vote on Election Day, Nov. 6, you will no longer vote at the elections office, but at your official precinct based on your address. Click or tap on this link to find out where your voting precinct is located. 

You also can request an absentee ballot mailed to your address to either mail back in before the election date or for you to drop off at the Walton County Board of Elections. Click or tap on this link to request a sample ballot.

Click or tap on this link for a sample ballot on what you will find when you go to cast your ballot. As well as the national, state and county posts on the ballot, there also are constitutional amendments and statewide referenda to consider as well as a 1 percent Walton County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to consider. The sample ballot lists the special projects to be funded in Walton County should the SPLOST be approved.

Early voting in Gwinnett County can be done at the Voter Registrations and Elections Office or at one of the closest satellite voting locations between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections office is located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Voting is also possible at the elections office on Sunday, Oct. 28 between noon and 6 p.m. You can view a sample ballot by giving your address at the voter page that can be found at this link.

Elections Office455 Grayson Highway
Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Monday – Saturday, October 15 – October 20, 7:00am – 7:00pm
Monday – Saturday, October 22 – October 27, 7:00am – 7:00pm
Monday – Friday, October 29 – November 2, 7:00am – 7:00pm
Satellite Locations
(see below)
Saturday, October 20, 7:00am – 7:00pm
Monday – Saturday, October 22 – October 27, 7:00am – 7:00pm
Monday – Friday, October 29 – November 2, 7:00am – 7:00pm
Elections Office455 Grayson Highway
Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Sunday, October 28, Noon – 6:00pm

Satellite Voting Locations
Bogan Park Community Recreation Center
2723 North Bogan Road
Buford, GA 30518

Lenora Park Gym
4515 Lenora Church Road
Snellville, GA 30078

Dacula Park Activity Building
2735 Auburn Avenue
Dacula, GA 30019

Lucky Shoals Park Gym
4651 Britt Road
Norcross, GA 30093

George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center
55 Buford Highway
Suwanee, GA 30024

Mountain Park Activity Building
1063 Rockbridge Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Shorty Howell Park Community Recreation Center
2750 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096

 

 

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