Georgians lined up early, some arriving in the wee hours, to make sure their voices were heard on Election Day.
At Stonewall Tell Elementary School in south Fulton County, Candida Coppage showed up at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday to make sure she would be the first in line at her polling place.
"First of all, I want to make sure that my candidate, my president, returns to office," she said. "And I'm just trying to set an example for others. I hope they get out here and vote."
The first voters in the door were in and out fairly quickly.
"I thought the lines were going to be longer than what they are, but once we got here, it started wrapping so quickly," said voter Carolyn Keshinro.
By 8:15 a.m., bigger crowds began showing up as heavy rain started to fall. Some voters waited 15 minutes just for a parking spot. Inside the school, the line had grown significantly. Some voters waited more than an hour in line. They seemed pleased, however, to be waiting inside the school, rather than outside in the pouring rain.
"I did not go to sleep," voter Naomi Cloud said as she left. "I made sure I was going to cast my vote."
The presidential election of 2012 looks like it'll be close, which is nothing unusual given the past few elections. In the last 20 years, controversy and close shaves have been the norm.
In 1992, 1996 and 2000, the winner took office with less than half the popular vote.
Besides the race for president, a number of other important decisions are on Georgia's ballot.
Voters will decide on a constitutional amendment regarding charter schools. A yes vote would give the state more control over charter schools.
In Clayton County, voters will decide whether to return to office a former sheriff who now is under criminal indictment. Victor Hill faces 32 charges of alleged corruption relating to his first time in office. Write-in candidate Garland Watkins has gained traction in recent weeks.
In the Gwinnett County city of Grayson, voters will decide whether to allow retail stores to sell hard liquor on Sundays. Currently, only beer and wine are legally sold on Sundays.
Polls in Georgia close at 7 p.m.
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