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Houston Co. residents line up at the polls on last day of early voting

Tiffany Thompson (WGXA)

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Skies over Middle Georgia were dreary on Friday, but that didn't stop many Houston County citizens from heading out for the last day of early voting.

People lined up at the Perry Courthouse to vote early all afternoon.

Andy Holland, the registration election assistant at the office, said the turnout has been unprecedented.

“Looks more like a presidential election early voting than it does a governor's election of early voting. Based on the number of people that we’ve had turn out," said Holland.

Naomi Barreto cast her ballot Friday afternoon. Barreto has only been a US citizen for a couple of years, but said it's important to have a voice - a lesson she said she's teaching her 13-year-old daughter.

“Well I home school. And I want to encourage her to be a voter when she’s old enough. I thought it would be s good idea to bring her with me. And to show her how it works," said Barreto.

Baretto said that although her daughter has five years until she can vote, learning can start now.

By the end of October, Houston County led Middle Georgia in total numbers for early voting at more than 17,000. Overall, Georgia has seen a record number of early voters for the 2018 midterm elections.

Voting officials said that as of Thursday, Houston County had over 30,000 early voters. After Friday, officials said it'll only get higher.

Anyone who hasn't voted early but still wants a chance to support their candidate for the midterms can vote next Tuesday, November 6 on Election Day. If you're unsure where your polling place is, head to the My Voter Page though the Georgia Secretary of State's website.


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