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2016 election georgia

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Georgia's top elections official says more than 76 percent of registered voters in the state cast ballots in November's contests.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced the final results on Tuesday. His office had previously predicted that turnout on Nov. 8 would break a state record for votes cast in an election.

Kemp says more than 4.1 million people voted early or on Election Day this year. Georgia has more than 5.4 million registered voters.

The record previously was more than 3.9 million votes during the 2008 fall elections.

Lisa Hagen / WABE

Poll workers at Therrell High School said one of the location's “Express Poll” machines froze throughout the morning. The machines verify voters’ IDs and pop out yellow ballot cards that people take over to the booths. Fulton County elections officials say the school was one of a handful of polling locations where express poll machines had to be rebooted.

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Some in Gwinnett County are facing long lines at the polls today.

That's despite the fact that about 40 percent of voters there cast their ballots early.

At Peachtree Corners, an affluent part of the county, people waited up to two hours to vote.

"It was amazingly, painstakingly slow,” said resident Orestes Meeks after voting at the Peachtree Elementary School precinct.

Inside the school, there were eight ballot booths and just two stations where workers checked voter information.

Ankita Ackroyd-Isales

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Referendum

STATUS: Likely passed 62.66 percent to 37.34 percent, according to the Secretary of State's office

Alison Guillory / WABE

More than 2 million Georgians turned out to break the state's early voting record, suggesting turnout on Tuesday will be high.

The presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton has dominated in Georgia even though the candidates haven't focused on the state.

U.S. Senate and other candidates are making a final pitch before polls open. Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson plans stops Monday in four cities in his bid for a third term. Democrat Jim Barksdale also is expected to continue stumping for votes.

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