LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials with Gwinnett County Government said Saturday was a busy day for the central office and satellite locations as early voting lines stretched out into the parking lots.
By Monday, things had settled down a bit, according to county communications director Joe Sorenson.
"We had a really good turnout over the weekend," said Sorenson, adding that more than 7,600 residents showed up to vote on Saturday. The high number of voters backed up polling places like Suwanee and Centerville with wait times of more than several hours.
"We've been trying to make some changes in the processes at the satellite locations with the longer waits," Sorenson said. "They've done a pretty good job of taking additional resources that we have available and shifting some people around...we're working to make it more efficient."
Sorenson said the wait time in Lawrenceville peaked Saturday at about 3 and a half hours, while the wait time in Centerville reached nearly eight hours at one point.
Last week, Voter Registration and Elections Director Lynn Ledford said she predicted a spike in turnout on Saturday at the elections offices since it was the only Saturday during the voting period.
As of Friday, about 22,400 had cast their ballots during early voting. On top of that, Saturday's 7,600 and a slow, but steady stream of voters on Monday made the numbers climb.
Early voting runs through Friday. The central office at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Satellite location hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The satellite offices are located at Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville; George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee; Dacula Park Activity Building, 2735 Old Auburn Road, Dacula; Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross.
For more information about early voting, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Departments/Elections