On the final day of early voting, the DeKalb County Board of Elections says not only is it seeing a large turnout at the polls, but there’s also a record number of registered voters.
The number of registered voters in the county grew to 518,947 up from 493,147 in April 2016. Maxine Daniels, DeKalb Registration and Elections director, said it's the highest number of registered voters the county has ever had.
“There are two contributors to these numbers, the continued growth of DeKalb County and because the state did not purge voter rolls,” Daniels said.
Daniels said the number of registered voters in DeKalb is typically about 519,000 and if the state had purged inactive voter rolls, the county could have lost 30,000 voters.
So far, more than 170,000 people have already cast their votes during the early voting period. Daniels said she’s not surprised by the turnout.
“We expected this. We compared this to 2008,” Daniels said. “This is right in line with the 175,000 who voted early in 2008.”
There are several precincts open throughout the evening for early voters. Times and locations can be found by visiting www.dekalbvotes.com.