Georgia shatters early voting record for midterm election
Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp announced on Monday a new, all-time record for early voting in a mid-term election ahead of the November 6th general election. Through the last day of early voting on November 2nd, Georgians cast 2,071,830 ballots with 1,886,905 in-person and 184,925 by mail.
“In Georgia, it is easy to vote and hard to cheat, and I am incredibly proud of this new record showing strong voter engagement leading up to tomorrow’s election,” stated Secretary Kemp. “This milestone is a testament to the hard work of thousands of election officials all across Georgia who are dedicated to secure, accessible, and fair elections for all.” (Note: Kemp, a Republican, is running to be Georgia's next governor).
November 2nd was the last day of early in-person voting, and under state law, county officials cannot issue or mail absentee ballots on the Monday prior to an election.
Kemp's office says the previous early voting turn-out record in a midterm election was 945,507 early votes cast – 838,484 in-person and 107,023 by mail – in the November 4, 2014 general election.
Election Day is Tuesday. The polls will be open in all 159 counties from 7 AM to 7 PM unless extended by court order in specific locations.
All Georgians are encouraged to contact their local elections officials for assistance or reach out to the Secretary of State’s office by calling (404) 656-2871 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.