CHATHAM CO., Ga. (WTOC) - The final day of in-person early voting in Georgia before the November 3 Election is Friday, Oct. 30.
Since early voting began on Monday, Oct. 12, there has been a record-breaking number of ballots cast across the state.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office as of 5 p.m. Friday, close to 4 million people have already voted. To put that in perspective, there are 7.2 million registered voters in Georgia. So that means over half have already cast their ballot ahead of Election Day.
Here in Chatham County the Board of Elections Office says just before 8 a.m. Friday, they already had 83,000 ballots cast since the beginning of early voting.
A voter at the Board of Elections said they were in line close to two hours waiting to vote but said once they got inside the building, it went very quickly.
This polling location closes at 6 p.m. but they will stay open until the last voter in line gets their chance to vote.
The Manager we spoke with at the Board of Elections Office also says 49,000 of those people who have already voted in the county have voted in person.
He says they anticipate between 90,000 to 100,000 votes to be cast by the end of Election Day on Tuesday.
One voter we spoke with got in line around 2 p.m. Friday and says he was in line for close to two hours.
He says he decided to come by and vote on the last day of early voting to avoid a potentially even longer line on Election Day.
“I didn’t want to go stand in the line that will take longer as regular voting because it would be longer too. But doing it this way I had a choice to come which day I wanted to come," said voter Ronnie Miller.
Terry and Dean Scott were just two of the more than 51-thousand voters who voted in-person in Chatham County.
“I love to see the participation. It should be like this every voting season,” said voter Terry Scott.
Those who came out to early vote say issues like the economy are on the ballot.
“This year it seems more important than ever. We’re coming back from this COVID and a lot of people are shut down and they need to come back and work and need money," said voter Dean Scott.
Each of these voters also say it’s important to express your right to vote.
Early in person voting does end Friday, but if you’re voting absentee, you still have time to drop that ballot off here at the Board of Elections Office or in other locations throughout the county with a drop off box.
One of the voters we spoke to also says he was glad to see a lot of young people come out and vote.
The Secretary of State’s Office says voters ages 18 to 24 are the largest registered voter population in Chatham County.