Live Updates: Georgia Senate Race Results


A voter walks out of a polling place in Columbus, Georgia on November 27. (Cheney Orr/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

In recent weeks, Republican election officials in Georgia have touted early turnout for in-person voting.

On Friday, the state again broke its single-day record, when more than 350,000 people went to the polls to vote before Election Day.

But those numbers, and the narrative around them, could ultimately be misleading.

Although several days last week ended with historically high one-day tallies, the total number of early voters – compared to the 2021 election – actually fell from around 3.1 million l year to about 1.87 million during this year’s condensed early voting period. In this year’s general election, around 2.5 million people cast ballots before Election Day.

The reason is simple: Under Georgia’s controversial election law, passed in the months following last year’s runoff, the time between the general election and the runoff was reduced from nine weeks to four. The reduced deadline also meant fewer early voting days and less time for voters to return mail-in ballots.

Given the obvious interest in the race, the question is whether voters accustomed to voting before Election Day will show up on Tuesday, and how this change in behavior could affect wait times and vote counting. .


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