ATLANTA - Georgia's secretary of state said the state has broken an early voting record set eight years ago.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the state's top elections official, announced Friday that Georgians have cast more than 2,390,000 early ballots. That's far more than the 2,129,316 early ballots cast in 2008.
Kemp said the number will continue to climb Friday, the last day of advance in-person voting for the general election.
Some voters waited in long lines to cast their ballot on the final day of early voting. In Gwinnett County some polling sites reported waits of two to two and half hours.
At the Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center hundreds waited in long lines to cast their ballots.
“Two hours and 20 minutes,” said Muhammad Salim Qureshi who voted early for the first time.
“I have been here since 5:30 and now it’s 7:30, it is well worth the wait,” said Shebreka Jackson.
Inside, the line wrapped around the basketball court, into the lobby and out onto the parking lot. Voters said it is well worth the wait.
“So many people died for that ability for you to have that right to do it, so I think it would be wrong for me not to exercise that vote,” said Duane Dennis.
Some voters did not make the 7 p.m. cut off and will have to wait to cast their ballot on Election Day.
Those waiting for Election Day to cast their ballots can visit the secretary of state's website or mobile app to check registration status, see a sample ballot and find their voting location. Kemp said polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.