JONESBORO — Rosaline Elliott arrived at the Elections & Registration Office in Jonesboro at 9 a.m. Monday, just one hour after the polls opened for early voting.

She wasn’t alone. Elliott waited in line four hours to cast her ballot with hundreds of other Clayton County residents. By 1 p.m. the line at the Jonesboro Historical Courthouse was wrapped nearly to the front of the building. The entrance to the Elections & Registration Office is at the rear of the building.

Early voting began in Clayton on Monday in six locations across the county for the Nov. 3 General Election.

Elliott said she’s having knee surgery on Oct. 28 and didn’t want to risk being unable to vote just six days after her surgery.

“I wanted my vote to be counted,” she said.

She called the line to vote “really great.”

Many others leaving the polling place said they stood in line between three and four hours, but nobody seemed to be complaining about the time spent.

“I’m hoping everyone gets out to vote,” Elliott said. “With the things that been happening in our country over the last four years, we need everyone to vote.”

Residents can cast an early ballot in the following locations:

♦ Elections & Registration Office, 2nd Floor, 121 S. McDonough St. in Jonesboro

♦ Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex

♦ Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro

♦ Morrow Municipal Complex, 1500 Morrow Road, Morrow

♦ South Clayton Recreation Center, 1837 McDonough Road, Hampton

♦ Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale

The following are times and dates for early voting.

♦ Monday-Friday, Oct. 12-16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

♦ Monday-Friday, Oct. 19-23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

♦ Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

♦ Sunday, Oct. 25, noon to 5 p.m.

♦ Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If voters chose to vote via absentee, ballots can be dropped off until 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 outside the Board of Elections & Registration office at 121 S. McDonough St. in Jonesboro. For more information, visit www.claytonelections.com.

To check your voter registration status or Election Day polling location, visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.

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