“It’s been very slow” said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections.
As of Wednesday, 8,514 people had cast ballots, either by coming to an early voting polling station or by mailing in absentee ballots, according to the county.
There are 392,761 registered voters in Cobb, Eveler said.
In-person votes during the early voting period are tallied along party lines. As of Wednesday, 5,565 Republicans have voted at an early voting polling station. For Democrats, 1,586 have come in early to vote, and 28 non-partisan voters have cast their ballots.
Of the 2,512 absentee ballots issued by the county, 1,335 have been tallied as of Wednesday.
Mail-in ballots are not broken down along party lines when counted.
Eveler stressed all absentee ballots will be counted before election officials are allowed to go home on Election Day.
“The only ballots that are not counted that night are the provisional ballots because they have to be investigated,” she said, reminding voters to bring a photo ID, whether they vote ahead of or on Election Day.
Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin is one of those 8,514 Cobb voters who has already been to the polls.
Tumlin said he makes frequent trips to the county’s tax assessor’s office, so he took the time to vote while he was there.
Both the tax assessor’s office and the main elections’ office are at the West Park Government Center on Whitlock Drive in Marietta.
Tumlin noted the ease of voting ahead of time, and hoped more people plan to vote Tuesday.
“I hope people are just waiting; exercising your privilege to vote is very important,” the mayor said. “These offices directly affect our lives — Congress, Senate, especially our commission seat.”
What may have caught voters off guard is the fact the primary is in May instead of July — as it was in the past.
Eveler and Tumlin both referenced a lawsuit in which the federal government said Georgia didn’t give enough time for the military and overseas voters to cast ballots between the primary and runoff elections. The resolution, Eveler said, was to move up the primary to May, allowing for nine weeks between those two elections.
For a list of locations to cast ballots early, go to www.cobbelections.org or call (770) 528-2581.
If voters do wait until Tuesday, Eveler said to be sure to check ahead of time to make sure they are going to the correct polling station, because some locations have changed. All Georgia voters can check their voter registration at http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/.