Early voting numbers for the July 22 runoff are in. The majority of ballots have been received, though mail-in absentee ballots can still be cast. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement Monday that 159,152 ballots have already been cast. That number includes 134,267 ballots in which people voted in person plus 24,885 mail-in ballots returned. Kemp says that number is about 13 percent of eligible voters. He predicts the Republican runoff could see double digit turnout due to higher profile races.
Georgia residents can start voting Monday in the presidential election. Early voting in the presidential election in Georgia runs from Monday through Nov. 2. There is at least one early voting location in each Georgia county.
Election officials across the state are seeing more people registering in anticipation of the presidential election. Voters may be seeing longer lines this time because the early voting period is shorter.
More than 250,000 Georgia voters cast early ballots ahead of Tuesday's primary elections. Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said Friday that 255,787 Georgians voted in-person between the time early voting began July 9 and Thursday.
Election officials say early voting for the primary is slow but steady. In Athens-Clarke County they are seeing about one hundred early voters a day. In Richmond County they are seeing 150 to 200 early voters a day.
Early voting begins July 9th for the primary election. Gail Schrader, supervisor of the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections, says they aren’t expecting a big turnout for the primary because there aren’t a lot of hot local races. However, she says the Northeast Georgia TSPOLST may bring people out.