LAWRENCEVILLE -- Saturday will mark the opening of satellite offices for early voting in Gwinnett, as well as the first weekend voting in the history of the county.
A total of a little more than 35,000 early votes -- including 17,312 in person and 12,590 by mail -- had been counted in Gwinnett through Wednesday, voter registration and elections coordinator Lynn Ledford said. That was a spike of about 13,000 since Monday.
With the solid showing already, officials don't know exactly what to expect on Saturday. That's because, in addition to the first-ever opportunity to cast a ballot on the weekend, four satellite offices across the county will be open for business.
Asked to forecast voter turnout, Ledford wouldn't venture a guess.
"(We're) not sure about Saturday, since the satellites are opening as well," she said.
Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gwinnett Elections Office (455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville). Four satellite offices, which will be open all of next week, will also be available for those wishing to cast early ballots.
Those locations are as follows: the Centerville Community Center in Snellville, the George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center in Suwanee, the Dacula Park activity building in Dacula, and the Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center in Norcross.
Satellite offices will also be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2.
The main elections office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
County spokesman Joe Sorenson confirmed Thursday that disabled voters and those over 75 years old are being permitted to go to the front of the line during early voting, and will be on election day as well.
Nov. 2 is the last day to request an absentee ballot in the Nov. 6 election.