Record-breaking early voting in Georgia indicates massive enthusiasm going into November

by Summer Lane

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Georgia voters are turning out in droves ahead of November’s approaching Election Day, setting a record for early voting in the Peach State.

Via Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office:

“Georgia voters continued to hit record breaking turnout on day three of Early Voting. As of Thursday morning, just under 400,000 Georgia voters have cast their ballot during in-person Early Voting, with 126,918 showing up on Wednesday, October 19th. Wednesday’s total marks a 63.3% increase from day three of 2018 midterm Early Voting and is only slightly under the total of day three of Early Voting in the 2020 Presidential election.”

His statement additionally pointed out that the number of early voters were nearly “twice the number on the first day of Early Voting in 2018,” and that the “cumulative total is only 15,000 votes under the Presidential election cumulative total at this point in 2020.”

According to a report from Just the News, the record turnout comes after heated debates arose in Georgia over a photo ID requirement for voting in the state. Democrats previously made the claim that photo ID would somehow suppress American citizens from being able to vote, but the record numbers of ballots coming in ahead of the election may indicate that just the opposite is true.

Mainstream critics previously lambasted Georgia voter ID requirements, but voter turnout has handily debunked claims of alleged voter suppression.

Georgia has been heavily scrutinized since the 2020 election following reports of election irregularities and ballot trafficking. As previously reported by RSBN, Georgia’s secretary of state announced this summer that his office would be implementing voter list maintenance to ensure that voter registration information in the state was correct and up to date.

Per Raffensperger’s press release, turnout for early, in-person voting in the 2020 presidential election was 410,809 on Oct. 19. Two years later on the same day, turnout had already hit 396,332. To put this in perspective, his office stated that early in-person voting in the 2018 midterms was 225,015 on the same day.

Based on this information, 2022’s midterms could be shaping up to rival or even eclipse presidential election turnout numbers.

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