One-Third Of Georgia's Voters Have Already Cast Their Ballots
One week before the end of in-person early voting, nearly one-third of Georgia's 7.6 million registered voters have already cast their ballots, putting the state on track to shatter turnout records.
According to the secretary of state's absentee file, more than 2.3 million people have voted as of Oct. 22, including 865,000 absentee-by-mail ballots. Since early voting began Oct. 12, more than 1.4 million voters showed up to the polls. That's an average of 132,000 voters per day — a pace that could see another million people vote in person by next Friday.
In Greene County just outside Athens, nearly half of the 14,142 active voters have already cast their ballot, one of 14 counties with greater than 40% turnout so far.
Stephens County in northeast Georgia has the lowest turnout so far, with just under 15% of its 18,001 active voters submitting an absentee ballot or showing up in person.
In Metro Atlanta, more than 860,000 voters in Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb Counties have already voted, roughly a third of the four most populous counties' active voter population.
More people have voted early in this election than any winning presidential or gubernatorial candidate in the last decade, and officials are expecting a record-breaking turnout when the final votes are tallied.
Early in-person voting runs through Oct. 30, absentee ballots must be received by your county elections office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 Election Day. If you choose to wait until Election Day, you must vote at your assigned polling place.