Almost 60,000 Georgians have requested an absentee ballot for the November Presidential election. State records show that a whopping 20 ballots have actually been cast as of yesterday. They’re just coming in now…
(I bet those 20 voters are also the kids who sat on the front row in math class).
Who are the voters who have already requested absentee ballots? Here’s a couple demographic and behavioral statistics about them:
13,107 of these voters are black (22.3%), 41,540 are white (70.6%);
23% of these voters voted in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Preference, and 25% voted in the Republican Presidential Preference in 2008. We chose the 2008 Presidential primary to match against because both Republicans and Democrats had large, competitive primaries that year (unlike 2012).
How does this compare to 2008 at this point? I don’t think it’s a fair comparison. We had 45 days of Early Voting in 2008. This year Early Voting doesn’t start for a few more weeks. Absentee ballot voting is the only option today, and I believe that likely skews the comparison.
–Thanks to Mike Seigle for the research