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Morning rain doesn't dampen voter turnout Election Day

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A pile of umbrellas sit outside the polls at Morningside Elementary in Atlanta.

 

ATLANTA -- Voters started pulling into the Morningside Elementary parking lot at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. They huddled in their dry cars, several asking, "Is this the right place?"

At 6 a.m., a poll worker made the trip to the end of the driveway with "Vote Here" signs. He was soaked by the time he made it back. It wasn't just raining election morning, it was pouring.

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As soon as the outside doors opened, umbrellas popped up, the only spots of color in the pre-dawn hours. The line started forming, twisting its way through the empty school hallways (classes are canceled for many on Election Day). By 7 a.m., more than 50 voters were waiting. Clay Bristow was among the first.

"I knew I had to get here early to beat the crowd," he said. "If this is any sign, the rain might not affect turnout."

Piles of umbrellas and lines of wet boots marked polling locations across metro Atlanta. Voters at E. Rivers Elementary in Buckhead report poll workers took pity and ushered the line inside and out of the rain. Not the case in Suwanee, where a long line of umbrellas stretched through a wet parking lot.

Voter Michael Brown called the crowd at the fire station in Virginia Highland "big and enthusiastic."

While some voters reported problems at their polling places, Dunwoody resident Chris Thorpe said he made it through the crowd at Calvary Church in 20 minutes. County Elections Boards tell 11Alive News that 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. are among their busiest hours on Election Day. That trend continued, despite the rain.

How was your morning voting location? Send a voting report to Reporter Julie Wolfe on Twitter @JulieWolfe or jwolfe@11alive.com. Pictures welcome.

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