Election Day: Georgia voters head to the polls

- Election Day has finally arrived and voting is well underway in Georgia.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, with many voters lining up several hours beforehand. Voting hours have been extended until 7:12 p.m. at Sweetwater Middle School, located at 3500 Cruse Rd NW, in Lawrenceville due to a late opening. In DeKalb County, All Saints Catholic Church located on Mt. Vernon Road in Dunwoody will be open for an extra 30 minutes due to an interruption in voting as a result of the fire alarm sounding.

Georgia has 5.4 million registered voters, but almost 2.4 million of them have already cast their ballots during early voting.

Today, voters will choose a new president, senator, members of congress and decide the fate on a number of ballot initiatives. 

Justice Department officials say they hope voters will not detect any difference in the federal presence. In Georgia, staff will be in Fulton and Gwinnett counties in metro Atlanta and in Hancock County southeast of Atlanta. Voting-right groups have filed a federal lawsuit against Hancock County officials, arguing that black residents of the city of Sparta were improperly removed from voter rolls before a 2015 local election.

Before heading to the polls on Election Day Tuesday, there are a few things Georgia voters should check. The state makes it easy to preview a sample ballot, find a polling location, and answer a lot of questions voters may have all online. The My Voter Page is part of the Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division and voters should check their status before getting to their polling location.

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Voters should make sure they bring a photo identification card; it’s the law for voting in person. The Elections Division recommends one of the following:

  • Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free ID card issued by your county registrar's office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
  • A Georgia Driver's License, even if expired
  • Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state
  • Valid U.S. passport ID
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID

Precinct hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters should try to arrive as early as possible and be patient as there may be long lines.

Depend on FOX 5 News for complete coverage of Election Night 2016, both on air and online. We'll have live streaming coverage of the election in Georgia, starting at 7 p.m. on FOX5Atlanta.com and on our FOX 5 Atlanta Facebook page.

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