Last week we had quite a few anecdotes that early voting was quiet. Too quiet. Either the anecdotes were wrong, or there was a late surge toward the end of last week. The Secretary of State’s office has released the following totals for early voting, with a comparison to 2010 (the last statewide cycle/non Presidential election).
Atlanta – Early in-person voting ended on Friday, May 16. While mail-in absentee ballots can still be cast until the polls close tomorrow evening, the majority of early votes have been cast.
Number of ballots cast: 239,281
Number of ballots voted in person: 214,975
Number of mail-in ballots returned: 24,306
Number of mail-in ballots outstanding: 14,385
Number of ballots cast, Republican: 147,995
Number of ballots cast, Democratic: 88,316
Number of ballots cast, non-partisan: 2,970
Compared with four years ago, early voting numbers are higher than they were in 2010.
Number of ballots cast in 2010: 212,487
Number of ballots voted in person in 2010: 162,065
Number of mail-in ballots returned in 2010: 50,422
“The numbers make it clear that Georgia voters are increasingly taking advantage of early voting opportunities,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “The counties have done a wonderful job of fine-tuning the early voting process.”
In 2010, in person early voting was spread out over a seven-week period rather than the three-week period that exists now. The numbers reflect that by compressing the process, more Georgia voters actually vote early.
“This early voting period was an extremely smooth process,” said Kemp. “I appreciate the work of my staff, the county election officials and the many poll workers and volunteers who worked so hard.”
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the offices wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.