The website www.electproject.org has begun breaking down absentee ballots that have been returned thus far around the country. The data is compiled in this spreadsheet. The numbers for Georgia are shown below. The Georgia numbers were updated this morning but I suspect they include data through last Friday.
Absentee Ballots Requested:
55,028 total requested thusfar
Overseas Civ: 1.4%
14,385 returned thusfar
Overseas Civ: 0.5%
It’s important to note these are only Absentee ballots. As you all know Absentee ballots are available 45 days prior to the November 4th General Election and are completed and mailed to local elections offices. What is commonly know as “early” voting is called Advanced In-Person voting and requires voters to go to the various voting locations in their county. Advanced In-Person voting begins next Monday across Georgia.
Request to the Peach Pundit Community: Can someone find this type of data for the 2012 and 2010 elections? I’m interested to know if the numbers we see above are consistent with previous elections. Are the Democrats efforts to encourage more African-American Democrats to vote showing up in absentee ballot requests? Absentee balloting tends to favor Republican so if African-American Democrats are requesting absentee ballots at a higher rate than previous years that might spell trouble for the GOP. And what about the break down by sex? IIRC, absentee balloting tends to be more male than female. Is my recollection correct? And are women requesting more or fewer absentee ballots this year than in previous years?
I’m sure some of you have this data in your back pocket so feel free to share with the class in the comments.