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No major problems that haven’t been addressed, officials say

By Ernie Suggs, AJC staff writer

Statewide, the secretary of state’s office, said there have been no major problems regarding voting.

“There is nothing systemic, nothing major or statewide that we are concerned with,” said Matt Carrothers, director of media relations for Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp. “Every election, you invariably are going to have a few things pop up. But nothing county election officials, or our office, working in conjunction with them, have not been able to rectify quickly.”

Carrothers said most of the problems have resulted frommisunderstandings. The statewide fraud hotline, for example, got a call about voters being turned away from a poll at one precinct. In actuality, Carrothers said, the voters were being shown the best door to enter.

Voting throughout the state will continue until 7 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you will still be allowed to vote.

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Updated: If there’s a runoff for governor, Deal and Barnes have cash

If Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes emerge from today’s general election stuck in a runoff, both will have a good start on fund raising for the Nov. 30 finale.

Reports filed with the State Ethics Commission late Monday show both candidates with more than $800,000 on hand as of Oct. 25.

Of course, much of that could have been spent over the past week as each made a final dash to today’s general election.

But, as of Oct 25., Barnes reported having $864,415.93 in cash to Deal’s $821,938.44. But candidates are also required to report large contributions received between Oct. 25 and today’s vote. In those reports,  Deal discloses having raised an additional $155,250 since the Oct. 25 deadline. Barnes has not filed any of the so-called two-day reports.

The reports both candidates filed Monday detail money spent and raised since Oct. 1. Deal reported raising $1.64 million in the period while spending $2.64 million. Barnes, meanwhile, raised $966,000 in the period and …

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Barnes votes at Marietta Middle School

The AJC’s Drue Miller just spotted Democrat Roy Barnes leaving Marietta Middle School after voting. People were taking cellphone pictures of the gubernatorial candidate, who is seeking a 2nd term and has been involved in a brutal election battle with Republican Nathan Deal. Barnes waved and shook hands as he left the polling place just after 9 a.m.

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State and federal hotlines open for reporting election abuse complaints

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is encouraging voters who believe they are being treated unfairly at their precinct, or if they witness a potential election law violation, to immediately contact the poll manager on duty and call the Secretary of State’s Stop Vote Fraud Hotline at 877-725-9797.

Georgia voters can also report a potential violation online by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at sos.ga.gov, and clicking on the Stop Voter Fraud button.

In addition, the FBI and federal prosecutors in the Northern District of Georgia, which includes metro Atlanta, are taking complaints of suspected election fraud and voting rights abuses.

The FBI can be reached at 404-679-9000. Complaints about ballot access problems or discrimination can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or 202-307-2767.

“It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information …

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761,000-plus Georgians cast their ballots early

The Associated Press reports more than 761,000 voters cast their ballots by mail or at voting stations across Georgia before early voting largely ended last Friday, according to unofficial results from Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office.

Much of the early voting was clustered around Atlanta, the state’s population center. More than 55,000 early ballots were cast in Cobb County, where both candidates hope to perform strongly. Barnes lives there, although Republican Sonny Perdue carried it in 2002 when he unseated Barnes from the governor’s office after a single term.

Cobb County was followed by DeKalb County east of Atlanta and urban Fulton County — both strongholds for Democrats — and finally Gwinnett County, which has historically leaned Republican but has seen its wide margin erode in recent years with an influx of immigrants.

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Can Twitter handle the rush?

We surely hope so. WSB-TV’s  Sabrina Gibbons reports there are 175 million users on Twitter, and it’s generally expected the system will be overloaded  just like it is when other huge events happen. But we’ll keep tweeting the latest elections developments anyway.

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The polls are open, so get out and vote!

Georgia and the rest of the nation can begin voting in what many consider to be one of the most important midterm elections in years. Here’s a look at the congressional seats, governorships, state legislatures and some of the ballot measures that will be on ballots around the country on Nov. 2.

For a national perspective on what’s at stake, follow Washington blogger Jamie Dupree throughout the day.

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Cool and breezy weather awaits metro Atlanta voters

Voters will have pretty decent weather today as they go to the polls. WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish says it’ll be mostly cloudy, breezy and much cooler than yesterday with highs today 57 to 62 and lows 47.

Thursday, more clouds, breezy and chilly temps with a 40 percent chance of a shower or drizzle. Highs Thursday will be around 57 and lows 46 to 50.

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It’s Election Day! Polls open at 7 a.m.

Good morning, metro Atlanta. It’s Election Day!

The polls will open at 7 this morning and close at 7 p.m.

Still trying to figure out where you should vote? Click on this Voter Guide link. Also remember that you must show photo identification before you cast your ballot.

AJC.com will provide minute-by-minute updates on this elections blog from early morning until late in the evening when the winners are declared. On Wednesday morning, don’t miss The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for full post-election analysis.

You’ll also want to join the hundreds who have signed up to become  Twitter followers @ajcgaelections.

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Fight night: Here’s what to watch for in Tuesday’s election

Georgia is one of  the state’s being watched closely on Election Day. With a hotly contested governor’s race and two congressional races, the outcome will help determine the extent of an expected Republican rout.

For those of you trying to make sense of what’s at stake nationally, here’s watch for in Tuesday’s election.

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