I was surprised at the long line of voters at the Sandy Springs Library on the first day of early voting in Georgia.
The line rivaled what I'd expect on Voting Day itself, stretching from the large room where voting was held, out the library's back door and to the parking lot.
I'm not sure whether the turnout means anything for the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton race. Perhaps such a heavy number of voters is normal for the first day of early voting and doesn't signal a high level of interest in the presidential election or strong support for either candidate. The nice weather likely was a factor, and there might be some hot local issue as well.
The library is at the center of a staunch GOP community, the kind of traditional Republican suburbanites who might find Donald Trump distasteful. Sandy Springs is home to strong-minded Republican women active in business and politics, the type political watchers claim are turned off by Trump's misogyny. The precinct has long supported Republican candidates, and any move toward Clinton could herald shifts statewide and nationally.
The heavy turnout could also reflect a groundswell of Trump support, especially in a state where the Democratic Party claims it's making the state "purple." Republicans in Sandy Springs turn out to vote, and might be particularly active this year to repel a Democratic tide.
A large number of retirees live in the surrounding community. However, the line included many younger professional men and women, who decided to use their lunch hour to vote.
I wanted to take a quick poll and ask the people in line to raise their hands if they were for Trump or Clinton, but didn't of course.
The long line was just a snapshot in a huge collage of national voting. However, the Republican precinct represents all of those across the country likely to play a significant part in deciding the election.