COVINGTON - Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Board of Elections Director Donna Morrison said she expects turnout will be high.

According to the Board of Elections, 23,602 participated in early voting, and 1,594 mail in ballots have been received thus far, out of 2,098.

Newton has 56,851 active registered voters, meaning that not quite half of active voters have cast ballots so far.

"Turnout is always higher for a presidential election, and I think we will have or exceed the 76 percent we had in 2008," said Morrison.

Early voting statewide fell just short of the 2 million ballots cast in the 2008 election.

As of Friday, almost 1.9 million people had either voted in person or mailed in ballots. That's more than a third of all registered Georgia voters. The total is not final, as elections officials expect more mail-in ballots to arrive through Election Day.

Locally, voters will decide on the chairman for the Board of Commissioners; District 3 and District 5 commissioners; District 2 Board of Education member; sheriff; and coroner, in addition to several state. and congressional races, and, of course, the presidential race.

Check your voter precinct card or visit the Secretary of State's website at www.sos.ga.gov/mvp to find your polling place.

Check www.newtoncitizen.com for election results as they become available.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.