More than three-quarter million early ballots have been cast, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s elections division. Total ballots cast were 761,042 with 643,936 voted in person, 117,106 mail-in ballots and 58,606 mail-in ballots outstanding. General voters can return mail-in ballots through Tuesday. Military personnel ballots will be counted through Friday.
This is the second general election and the first mid-term in which all eligible Georgians are permitted to vote early in-person or by mail-in without having to provide a reason or excuse.
Two years ago the state recorded 2,084,1279 early ballots and that represented 53% of total ballots, said Matt Carrothers, director of media relations for the Secretary of State’s office.
Presidential election years generate more voters than mid-term elections. Georgia turnout in the three most recent presidential elections was 69% in 2000 when Texas Governor George W. Bush defeated Vice President Al Gore, 77% four years later when President Bush defeated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and 76% two years ago when Illinois Sen. Barack Obama defeated Arizona Sen. John McCain.
Fewer Georgians vote in mid-term election years. Governor Sonny Perdue upset incumbent Governor Roy Barnes in 2002 with 54% of eligible Georgians voting. The total voter percentage declined to 48% when Perdue won re-election over Democratic challenger Mark Taylor in 2006.
Election history dating to 1988 is available on the Secretary of State website, www.sos.ga.gov/elections.
Mike Klein is Editor at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.
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