Some county elections officials have predicted that turnout could top 90 percent. In August alone, more than 99,000 people registered to vote in Georgia and registrars expect many more to sign up before the Oct. 6 deadline.
“We’re going to have a whole bunch of people register to vote and they need to take advantage or absentee voting,” said Linda Latimore, head of elections in DeKalb County.
If they don’t, and “all these people show up on election day, they’ll be in line from Nov. 4 to Dec. 25,” Latimore said. DeKalb County is training more than 3,000 poll workers to get ready.
“All of us are nervous,” said Lynne Ledford, who runs Gwinnett’s elections office. “We do everything we can to make sure people do vote.”