Thousands wait hours in Georgia early voting lines

Early voters wait in long lines

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Long lines formed for the second straight day at early voting sites. Tens-of-thousands of people in Georgia have already voted – and there are three more weeks until election day.

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Long lines formed outside the Gwinnett County Board of Elections office. For now, it’s the only location in Gwinnett offering early voting. But those locations will multiply and the hours will expand for the week prior to the election. 

Yet with all those hours and locations available, folks still opted to stand in in line here. 

"I just thought it would be a good time just to come out here early and get it over with," said Teddy Murphy, who's voting in his first presidential election. "I’m really excited to vote." 

Miranda Dale, another Gwinnett County voter told 11Alive's Doug Richards she and her husband Michael waited three hours to vote Tuesday.

"We came yesterday and the line was extremely long so we came back today, and the line was shorter," Dale said. "It was a long wait, but it was still shorter." 

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County officials say this has never happened before.  In previous elections, the first days of early voting are typically very quiet.

1580 voters cast early ballots in Gwinnett Monday. Gwinnett has set up a schedule with the equivalent of 52 more days of early voting at a variety of locations. Many other counties have similar early voting schedules.

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