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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Election Day is almost here. Voters will be head to the polls very soon to decide who will be the next president of the United States.  Monday, election officials spent the day preparing for a strong turnout.

Voting machines have been locked into place and are ready to go.

Dougherty County election officials were busy Monday, making sure the 28 precincts are set up for voters.

And it was the same scene in Lee County as workers prepared their 10 precincts with voting instructions and sample ballots.

Election officials hope the threat of potential rain, doesn't impact turnout.

"I know people don't like to get out in the rain. People tend to hold up at home when it tries to rain. But it is an important day and I don't think a little bit of sprinkle or a little bit of rain is going to deter a lot of our Southern voters from getting out," said Veronica Johnson, the Lee County Election Supervisor.

In 2008, more than 22,000 Dougherty County voters participated in early voting in 45 days, but this year's numbers fell short.

"We totaled out a little over 15,000, came out to vote early for the 3 weeks and that one Saturday included," said Ginger Nickerson, the Dougherty County Election Supervisor.

But the numbers exceeded expectations in Lee County. Johnson says more than 6,000 Lee County voters have already cast their ballots. That's up from 5,800 in 2008.

"We're really surprised at the number. We've been kind of worried that it might be a little bit lower than 2008. But when 5 o'clock came on Friday we were actually ahead of what we had turn out in 2008," said Johnson.

And she's hoping this will help alleviate some of the pressure at the precincts on election day.

"We're about 35/36% turnout already going into election day, so we hope that will make the lines less and everything run smooth on election day," said Johnson.

And to make sure your voting experience is smooth sailing, election officials are reminding you to bring an official picture ID and your patience.

Polls open Tuesday morning at 7 am and close at 7 pm.

Election officials say the busiest times will be first thing, around lunch and after work.

If you aren't sure where your precinct is, or to view a sample ballot, click on the link below.

https://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/Login.aspx

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