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County web site posts voting wait times

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LAWRENCEVILLE -- Advance voters in Gwinnett now have a new tool if they want to better plan their day around when they cast a ballot.

As the final days of early voting wind down, a Gwinnett County website gives voters at the five locations to cast ballots an updated snapshot of the wait times at each location. Four times each day -- every two hours beginning at 10:30 a.m. -- the times are updated with how long it takes to vote.

A link to the wait times site can be found at gwinnettcounty.com.

Gwinnett County spokesman Joe Sorenson said the reason the site was created was to answer voters' biggest concern: how long it might take to cast a ballot, especially after more than 7,600 people voted on Saturday.

Through Tuesday, there were 51,569 advance in-person voters, which surpassed the total early voters in 2008, when 50,024 voted before Election Day. There have been 20,436 absentee ballots mailed, and Sorenson said a little more than half of those have returned.

Because early voting requires an extra step of creating a ballot with precinct-specific information, Sorenson said county officials plan to bring in more employees on Thursday and Friday to build ballots specific to each individual.

"We think we've figured it out and have a good plan," he said.

On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., the longest wait times were in Suwanee at 75 minutes, while Lawrenceville and Snellville locations posted 50-minute wait times. But like most days at lunch time, wait times increased around the county at 12:30 p.m. Snellville reported a 75-minute wait, while Suwanee was 66 minutes and every other location was at least 40.

Registered voters may cast a ballot in person through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Elections Office on Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville, or between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at one of the following satellite polling locations: Centerville Community Center in Snellville, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center in Suwanee, Dacula Park Activity Building in Dacula and Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center in Norcross.