UPDATE: More than 16,000 people voted yesterday before 3:00 p.m., bringing the total number of votes cast in Fulton County to 62,390 at press time.

With all the excitement over early voting this year, Fulton County has announced that Saturday will be Family Voting Day.

The event was created as a way to offer registered voters the opportunity to cast their ballots prior to the general election on Nov. 6 and on a day that may be more convenient for their schedules. It also provides an opportunity for children to learn more about the voting process.

Children who accompany registered voters to the polls on Family Voting Day will be given an opportunity to cast a ballot in a mock election for their favorite cartoon character.

Early voting seems to be on a serious rise. Close to 38,000 people have voted in Fulton County already. There were more than 7,400 voters counted yesterday by 3:00 p.m. In early voting for the 2008 election, an average of 3,300 people a day voted early, a number that was double what the country saw in the 2000 presidential election.

Family Voting Day may offer a repreieve for many Fulton County voters who have been waiting in long lines at some of the county’s busiest locations. Voters at the South Service Center, where more than 9,000 votes have been cast so far, is experiencing wait times of up to 45 minutes. The wait at South Service Center was the highest of all available early voting locations.

Conversely, voting locations at Fulton County Government Center and North Service Center showed zero minutes of wait time. Other locations ranged from four minutes of waiting to 30 minutes.

The Department has not said who voters chose with their ballots.

President Obama had opened up a sizeable advantage with early voters around the country when early voting began. A Reuters poll showed Obama ahead of Romney 59 percent to 31 percent among the seven percent of the electorate that had already cast their ballots.

The Washington Post reports those numbers have tightened and with the first day of in-person voting starting in swing states like Nevada and North Carolina, the race is very likely to begin to take shape soon.

For any questions or concerns about voting in the Atlanta area, the Voter Protection Hotline can be reached at 678-792-3664. Callers can ask questions or report problems at their polling location.

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