Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp speaks to reporters during his visit to the elections office in Terrell County on Tuesday. The visit, which comes a day after the start of the early voting period, was part of an effort by state officials to see how the elections process is going in the individual counties.
DAWSON, Ga. -- With early voting now in progress, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp paid a visit to the elections office in Terrell County on Tuesday as part of a routine county visit.
The visits, Kemp said, give state officials a better idea on how the elections process is going on the county level -- and allows those on the state level to see what they can do to help.
"We are all in this together, so I like to stop by and help them (local elections officials) do a better job," Kemp said. "On these county visits, we visit with the chamber and elected officials.
"We want let people know we are aware of Terrell County. We know there is more to Georgia than Atlanta."
Before his stop in Dawson, Kemp paid a visit to officials in Seminole County. He is set to stop into some counties in central Georgia before making his way back up to Atlanta.
Overall, Kemp said, things were going smoothly in Terrell County, noting that its elections office has an exceptional setup for in-person early voting.
In Dougherty County, there was a line of people waiting to cast their ballots when the doors opened on Monday morning. By the time the doors closed that day, more than 500 people had walked in to vote, elections officials in Albany said Monday evening.
Early voting began Monday and will continue through Nov. 2, including a Saturday opportunity to vote on Oct. 27.
"(Oct. 27) would be a good time for voters to bring their kids in and teach them about voting," Kemp said.
For the most part, the early voting period got off to a smooth start in Georgia, Kemp said.
"The strong turnout (for early voting) shows that there is awareness of this election," he said. "I think this will be an election where there is at least a 70 percent turnout."
Election Day is set for Nov. 6.