With the Nov. 6 Election Day fast approaching, some voters are beating the long lines at the polls for the highly anticipated presidential election.
Through Thursday, 58,338 voters had cast early ballots in DeKalb County, according to the DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Office.
That's a healthy 12.4 percent of the county's 470,065 registered voters, officials say.
In Dunwoody and north DeKalb the early voting will likely pick up Monday. The Chamblee Civic Center opens its doors for early voters then - the closest spot for Dunwoody voters by a long shot.
Here's the complete list of early voting venues; from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, these polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the casting of early ballots, according to DeKalb elections.
- Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee 30341
- Berean Christian Church Community Center, 2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain 30088.
- Clark Harrison Building, 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Room A, Decatur 30030.
Here's another smart idea to try and avoid long lines on Election Day. If you have a hard time getting away from work to vote, consider Saturday voting. Registered voters can cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at these three locations.
- DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office at 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur 30032. This site has special provisions for seniors and disabled citizens.
- South DeKalb - Community Achievement Center Inc. at 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur 30034.
- Tucker Recreation Center at 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker 30084.
For more information, go to the DeKalb County Elections Office webpage. But be warned, numerous news reports have reported that early voting lines are reminiscent of the long lines on election day. Might not be a bad idea to ask around before "saving time."
One reader told us via twitter that the lines zaren;t as bad as has been reported. "We voted at the main office off Memorial Drive (Decatur.) It was a great experience. Surprised it went so fast and smoothly," said Wendy, twitter handle @my3doxiesandme.
Here's a link to to a sample ballot, if you're ready to do some resarch before you head out early or wait until Super Tuesday.