“We’ve been averaging about 500 voters a day since early voting began April 28,” she said.
Daniels said the Memorial Drive voting location, which offers an exclusive area for senior and disabled voters, has seen the most activity so far and the Tucker Recreation Center on LaVista Road has had the least amount of early voters show up.
“We expect to see an increase in turnout [this week] because the last week of early voting is usually the busiest,” Daniels said.
Although the county mailed out about 1,600 absentee ballots, only about 700 have returned.
While Daniels said absentee ballots are always a slower process, she attributed the changes in the dates with this year’s election to the absence of mailed-in ballots.
“Some people are not aware that the voting dates have moved up on the calendar from July to May, which has probably not helped,” she said.
However, Daniels said she feels bumping up voting dates will be better for the county’s election process in the long run.
“We expect a long-term, improved turnout with these new dates because in the past, people were on vacation in the summer, so voting just wasn’t on their radars,” she said.
Three additional locations have opened this week for early voters, including the Clark Harrison Building in Decatur, the Chamblee Civic Center and the Berean Christian Church Community Center in Stone Mountain.
Early voting will occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations.
Early voting ends Friday and Election Day is Tuesday, at regular poll locations.