I’ve mentioned before the website www.electproject.org, run by an Associate Professor at University of Florida who has been tracking absentee and advanced in person voting around the country. He has a spreadsheet with the data he and his team have collected which you can look at here. The most recent data for Georgia (through Friday the 24th) is as follows:
Ballots returned to date: 383,801
New Reg (Unknown) 8.2%
Late Friday night, Jim Galloway posted this from Mark Rountree:
Mark Rountree, the Republican-oriented pollster behind Landmark Communications, sends word this evening that early voting among African-Americans in Georgia is outpacing 2010, a legitimate reason for GOP worry.
According to Rountree, who was behind today’s poll released by Channel 2 Action News, noted that, of the 307,703 voters who have cast early ballots, 30 percent are African-American. Sixty-six percent are white.
In 2010, at the same time – when the early voting period was significantly larger – 26 percent of the 253,999 who had voted were African-American. Seventy-two percent were white.
As you see, we have some discrepancies here. Rountree’s data, if I’m not mistaken is as of last Thursday and as I read it and is data from early voting, by which I assume he means advanced in person voting. That would not include absentee ballots received thus far by mail. The electproject.org data is as of Friday and includes absentee ballots received. That could explain the differences in total votes cast and the differences in the demographic make up of the votes cast to date. Of course, none of this data includes the Sunday voting Jon wrote about.
So what does all this mean? Are Democrats poised for victory? Will the GOP survive, or are we headed for runoffs in the Senate and Governor’s race?