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Posted: November 6, 2012 4:15 p.m.

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Hear from voters on Election Day 2012

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From left: Michael Stifler, Barbara Clements and Diane Stifler said they voted for Romney. Antoine Rhodes said he was proud to vote for Obama today.

Election Day 2012 is finally here.

As the vote-counting begins tonight at 7 p.m., you can follow up here as we give up-to-date results from local, state and national elections.

Also check out our Wednesday edition of The Covington News for reaction and photos of local candidates during election night.

3:45 p.m. Jaleesa Barnes at Dunkin Donuts voted this year because she believes her vote does count and she wants the right person for president. She voted for President Obama because she agrees with his views more than Romney.

Barnes supported Sheriff Ezell Brown because she was pleased with his present work. (Info compiled by Cynthia Blackshear-Warren.)

3 p.m.: The ladies at JuST Imagine Salon & Spa were supporting a full Republican ticket.

Sondra Weaver voted for the full slate of Republicans, including Mitt Romney, Philip Bradford, Keith Ellis and Levie Maddox for District 5 board of commissioner.

Melinda Knight also voted down the list, though she was in District 2 and voted for Rickie Corley for the board of education because he has done a good job in the past, she said.

She supported Bradford for sheriff because he is a family friend and because his morals and values stand out. Knight said she felt there were a good slate of candidates this year. (Info compiled by Cynthia Blackshear-Warren)

2 p.m. Gum Creek Precinct Supervisor Guy Tucker said people were lined up outside his precinct before the polls even opened and said about 726 people had voted as of around 1:30 p.m.

Similar to other precincts, weather wasn't a factor at Gum Creek as people turned out strong; however, Tucker said voting was less than 2008, most likely because of the great turnout for early voting which was more than 25,000.

"No one has fussed much like they used to," Tucker said, when asked about people's spirits.

Democrat Victoria DeStefano voted for Obama as the lesser of two evils, and voted for Sheriff Brown, because she had just moved her from New Jersey and he was the incumbent. Not knowing much about the local candidates, she felt the incumbent should be the default pick.

Republican Stephanie Saunders voted for Mitt Romney, because she said she absolutely hated the way the country was moving forward with Obama as president.

She was a little disappointed with the overall slate of candidates, saying she was surprised there weren't more contested races. (Info compiled by Amber Pittman)

1:30 p.m.: Oxford Precinct Supervisor Elizabeth Cascella said at 1:30 p.m. that turnout had been great to date with about 426 voters passing through and noted turnout was better than 2008.

Cacscella said most people were in a good mood and enthusiastic. "We're trying to keep them happy," she said.

Resident Tina Shepherd said she voted for President Obama because she didn't trust Mitt Romney. She also voted for Sheriff Brown who she thought had done a good job, but didn't have any thoughts on the chairman's race.

Kile Griffis, on the other hand, said he voted Republican all the way. He said be believes in Romney's beliefs and thinks the Republican contender can make things better. He also voted for Capt. Philip Bradford for sheriff because he liked Bradford's reputation. He also had no thoughts on the chairman's race.

Shepherd thought the slate of candidates was good, while Griffis thought it was OK. (Info compiled by Amber Pittman)

12:30 p.m.: Cherokee and Damion Delamare showed off their support for local Democratic candidate Marcello Banes. Damion, a student at C.J. Hicks Elementary School in Conyers, said he proudly voted for President Barack Obama at school.

Meanwhile, supporters of both sheriff's candidates stood next to each other at the Covington Branch Library holding signs and trying to win last minute votes. The supporters said they were working in shifts and traveling to various precincts around the county.

Crowds are expected to be slow until after the work day ends at 5 p.m. (Info compiled by T. Pat Cavanaugh)

11:30 a.m.: The Almon precinct on Mount Tabor Road was not busy at this time as polling manager Johnnie Campbell said the precinct experienced a crowd of voters earlier that morning. Campbell also said she expects a big crowd at lunch and after 5 p.m., when most voters get off work.

Voter Antoine Rhodes said he was proud to vote today and hopes Barack Obama wins.

Residents Michael Stifler, Barbara Clements and Diane Stifler said they voted for Mitt Romney. Diane said her father in Michigan just passed away and she traveled back early to vote today. (Info compiled by T. Pat Cavanaugh)

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