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Georgians head to polls to choose next president

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Long lines at one Gwinnett County polling station on Tuesday, November 6. (Photo: Marc Teichner/myfoxatlanta) Long lines at one Gwinnett County polling station on Tuesday, November 6. (Photo: Marc Teichner/myfoxatlanta)
ATLANTA -

Large lines were seen at some polling places in the metro Atlanta area on Tuesday as voters decided the future of the White House and Congress.

Close to 1.9 million Georgians took advantage of early voting; about 1/3 of the electorate. Those that mailed in their ballots numbered 200,000. The popularity of early voting helped make life easier for some of those who waited until Tuesday to cast a ballot.

Despite the rainy weather, voters in Fulton County and Gwinnett County started forming lines at their polling stations before 6 a.m.

Some voters in Gwinnett County had to wait 90 minutes before casting their ballots at Hamilton Mill Community Church in Buford.

In Fulton County, officials added more voting machines in anticipation of a large turnout.

While Fulton County experienced long lines during the early voting period, officials said the lines weren't as long as other counties simply because they had more polling locations open.
    
In order to keep the lines shorter on Election Day, Sharon Mitchell, interim Director of Elections and Registration in Fulton County, said they  increased the ratio of voting machines from 1 for every 350 voters to 1 for every 200 voters.
    
Despite the added measures, some Fulton County said they experienced problems after the doors opened at 7 a.m. The lines in some places stretched for hours. Some voters complained that the system couldn't find them and several precincts ran out of supplies.

Polls close at 7 p.m. You can find your polling location by clicking here.

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