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Georgia voters show up early and wait in long lines

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A lot of eyes are on Georgia during this election.

The Peach State isn't traditionally a battleground, but this year Georgia’s 16 electoral votes are up for grabs.

Voters were waiting outside of the election office in Ringgold nearly two hours before doors opened.

It was a busy day for election officials in Georgia. A big crowd waited patiently in line to make sure their voice is heard.

Georgia residents stood in line before the sun rose on election morning. Jerry Bowers was the first one in line in Catoosa County.

"5:30 a.m., actually I thought it was going to be busy already because it's going to be very busy later on today,” Bowers said.

Bowers added that he hasn't voted in many elections before but with the Peach State up for grabs this year he knows every vote counts.

“Our country is a mess right now and everybody needs to get out and vote,” Bowers explained.

During early voting more than 2 million Georgia residents cast their ballots, breaking the previous record from the 2008 presidential election.

At that time Maggie Wentworth was just 10-years-old, now she's voting in her first election.

"It’s my first time voting, I actually turned 18 on Thursday and I made sure to register early I could do this,” Wentworth said.

It's a privilege she said her parents taught her to exercise at a young age, and it's why she wanted to earn her voting sticker.

"Well this year this election is very close and I decided I really kind of wanted to my mark on the voting scene. Georgia is kind of a swing state this year and I thought it would be important for me to vote,” she added.

Wentworth said she has this message for her peers…

“Just make sure to get on the internet just look at several different articles and really just see who you want to vote for and be educated about the process and just do it,” she said.

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