Election Day Rain Shouldn’t Stop Voters, Expected to Clear By Afternoon

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    Voters who opened their windows to rain showers this morning should not be deterred from getting to the polls. Meteorologists say that if you can wait a while, the sun will soon be here.

    Rain moved into the Atlanta metro area around midnight, and by 6 a.m. rainfall totals ranged from around a quarter-inch downtown, in Marietta and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to close to half an inch in Alpharetta and Johns Creek. The rain is expected to fall until around noon in most areas around Atlanta, at which point we should see sunny skies, according to Weather.com

    “I think we’ll end on a drier note for election day,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton told the AJC.

    Election Day highs will be in the low to mid-50s.

    That’s good news considering the long lines of people already at the polls, most of whom said that the rain wouldn’t slow them down anyway.

    Approximately 1.9 million Georgia residents avoided Election Day lines (and rain) and cast their ballots early, according to preliminary reports.

    Officials say 152,563 have voted early in Fulton, 161,095 have voted early in DeKalb, 129,769 have voted early in Cobb, 107,788 have voted early in Gwinnett and 52,546 people have cast early ballots in Clayton County.

    Polls are open until 7 p.m. and voters in line before then can cast ballots. WSB reports that peak hours at polling places are from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and during the lunch hour.

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