Thousands of voters crowded the polling booths on the first day for early voting in Georgia on Monday.
People filled polling sites in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties.
Voters got to decide on a Constitutional Amendment that would grant the state more power to open and fund charter schools. It is amendment No. 1 on the ballot. Voters are asked to vote yes or no.
Voters also are casting their ballots for the hotly contested race for the white house between President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Meredith Spear said she is disappointed with the president's performance since he took office.
"I'm ready to get Romney in," Spear said. "If four years, the guy who's there didn't get it done, then somebody else should be going to fix it."
Melinda Bostic, however, believes the president set the economy on the right path. She does not want to see the country change the direction it started four years ago.
"I'm a strong supporter of Barack Obama. By voting again as I did in 2008, it allows us to continue to move forward."
The economy and issues that hit voters' wallets topped the list for most people.
"Jobs continue the biggest issue," Bostic said.
"Jobs and fading tax money," said Spear.
"The debt," said Barry Johnson.
Regardless of where voters fall in the political spectrum they are enthusiastic about exercising their civic duty.
"It's important to get out to vote," said Terry Parks.
Each municipality in the state has at least one location where voters can cast ballots in advance of the Nov. 6 General Election.
Early voting runs through Nov. 2, for the Nov. 6, 2012, General Election.
With the beginning of early voting, Georgia Democrats have released a voter protection hotline to address crucial problems that might occur at state polling precincts.
"The right to vote can be threatened by any number of things- an unfair Voter ID law, the wrongful removal of registered voters from the rolls, or even legitimate mistakes dealing with voters who have recently moved," said Democratic Party of Georgia Chairman Mike Berlon. "Our Voter Protection Hotline will be a useful source of information for many Georgians."
The Voter Protection Hotline can be reached at 678-792-3664. Callers can ask questions or report problems at their polling location.
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