Polling locations across the county have reported at least 61,486 voters had cast their ballot today as of 4 p.m.
“[Precinct managers] call in when they can,” said Mary Frances Weeks, administrative assistant for the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections.
She estimated about 70 percent of precincts have reported voter counts to the elections office at some time throughout the day.
H. Maxine Daniels, elections director, predicted the voter turnout would be similar to the 2008 election percentage-wise. There are about 20,000 more registered voters on the county books than in 2008, she said.
Despite the rainy weather, residents came out in droves this morning causing long lines at some locations. Daniels attributes much of the waiting to checking in at the polls rather than waiting for an available voting machine.
“[This year] the ballot is very, very brief,” she said. “They are in and out of the voting booths very quickly and people are seeing that there are empty voting booths but people are backed up behind them to check in.”
The county has more than 2,500 voting machines in operation today, but only 425 check-in machines.
Each one of the county’s 181 precinct locations has at least two check-in machines with the larger locations having more. Of the 181 locations, there are 12 precincts at which Brookhaven residents will vote for their city’s mayor and city council members.