Georgia sets early voting record, TN & NC also start this week
Alabama still does not allow early voting
ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – Early Voting began in Georgia on Monday with record setting numbers.
The state reports that more than 130,000 Georgians voted on Monday.
That number is 85% higher than the first day of early voting in 2018 (last midterm elections with a Governor’s Race on the ballot).
There were wait times to vote in counties around Atlanta, ranging from a reported 2 hours to 30 minutes.
The Secretary of State’s Office says the largest early voting crowds come on the first day and the last two.
Republicans have argued the record numbers show their election integrity law has not actually suppressed turnout as Democrats claimed.
But Democrats have urged their supporters to vote early because the new law makes absentee voting more difficult.
Catoosa County officials reported they were certainly busy on Monday:
First day of early voting in Catoosa County:
Number of people voting at precincts – 887
Number of absentee ballots issued – 730
Number of absentee ballots returned – 84
Number of absentee ballots rejected – 1
There will be at least 17 days of early voting in Georgia, ending on the Friday before the November 8 election.
Meanwhile, early voting begins on Wednesday in Tennesse and continues through November 3rd.
“It’s never been easier to vote in Tennessee,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. ” I encourage each voter to make their voice heard during our state’s generous early voting period.”
You can get details at GoVoteTN.gov and the GoVoteTN App.
North Carolina begins early voting on Thursday through November 5th.
Alabama still does not have early voting. Voters there must either show up on November 8th or vote absentee.