As of Thursday morning, more than 3.4 million of Georgia's 7.6 million registered voters have cast their ballot in the 2020 general election. More than a quarter of Georgia's 2,652 precincts are above 50% total turnout, as are 23 of the state's 159 counties.

Early voting turnout can tell us a number of things leading into Nov. 3, but one of the most important is the likelihood of long lines at the polls.

In the June primary, voters in metro Atlanta waited upward of 6 hours in many places because of problems with voting equipment — but also in some cases because more people showed up in person to vote than used early voting.

So far, more than 25% of the state's 2,652 voting precincts have seen more than 50% of their total registered voters already cast their ballot, and 23 of 159 counties have crossed that threshold as well. In some precincts, nearly 75% of their voters have participated in the election so far. In Greene County, 5,269 of the 7,300 voters in Precinct 8 have voted. 70% of the 4,056 voters assigned to RW12 in Roswell have cast their ballots already, and 65% of voters who live on Sea Island and Little St. Simons Island in Glynn County voted early, too.

These percentages mean there will be fewer people that could show up to vote on Election Day, decreasing the chances for long lines solely based on the number of interested voters.

But another important metric is the raw number of voters that have not yet voted. For example, 50% of Lumpkin County's voters have already voted, but with a single polling place for Election Day, that means there are 11,000 voters that could show up, although the actual number will likely be much lower.

Some metro Atlanta counties like Paulding and Forsyth have larger precincts than the rest of the state that could see several thousand voters on Election Day.


Early voting ends Friday, and the deadline to have your absentee ballot received by your county elections office is 7 p.m. Tuesday.