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Monday February 27th, 2017 2:11AM

The 'who, what, when, where' of Tuesday's election

By Ken Stanford Reporter

"My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over."

That's a line from a speech newly-sworn in Gerald Ford made shortly after he took over as president following Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

Now, 42 years later as a long and contentious presidential campaign is coming to a close, many Americans are singing a similar refrain - they just can't wait for the election to be over, although the campaign might not exactly fall into the category of a "nightmare."   There are those, though, who believe the bitterness of the campaign, featuring two of the most upopular presidential candidates ever,  will only continue after all the votes have been counted, with some promising an escalating discord.

Meanwhile, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump continue seeking votes in states that appear key to victory on Tuesday.

Locally, final preparations are being made by the Hall County Elections Office.  There will be 31 polling places open around the county from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Already, as we reported Friday, nearly 35,000 people took advantage of early voting which ended Friday - almost 3,200 of them on Friday alone.  An unknown number of absentee ballots have also been returned.  They will be counted starting at 4:00 on election day.  And, Georgia set a record this election cycle for early voting.

Click here for complete details on how, when, and where to vote in Hall County - plus sample ballots.  The ballots in Hall County include local races ranging from U.S. Representative to County Surveyor .  Most of them are uncontested but several are.  In addition, the ballots contain four statewide proposed constitutional amendments, a statewode vote for U.S. Senator, a straw vote on a proposed study of consolidation of city-county services, and, in Lula, liquor-by-the-drink question.

To find out how, when and where to vote in each of the other Georgia counties, go to the Secretary of State's website.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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