Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger sent the Mountain Valley Independent the following press release:

(Atlanta) – As the second week of early voting for Georgia’s 2022 primary election continues, Georgia voters are turning out in record numbers across the state. Through Wednesday, May 11th, just under 270,000 people have early voted in Georgia—a 235% increase from the same point in the early voting period in the 2018 primary election and a 159% increase in the same point in the early voting period in the 2020 primary election. Georgia has had record early voting turnout since the first day of early voting this year, surging to nearly three times the number on the first day of primary voting in 2018 and double that of 2020, and has continued on that path since.

“The record early voting turnout is a testament to the security of the voting system and the hard work of our county election officials,” said Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger. “As Secretary of State, I promised to strike a strong balance between access and security in our elections, and these numbers demonstrate that I kept that promise and that voters have confidence in Georgia’s elections.”

While reports of lines have been minimal thus far, early voting turnout is expected to increase during the last week of early voting next week. All counties will have mandatory Saturday voting this coming Saturday. To find early voting locations and hours in your county, visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov.

Turnout Numbers Through May 11, 2022:

Total Turnout: 292,164
Early In-Person: 269,021
Absentee: 23,143

Republican: 168,715
Democrat: 121,275
Nonpartisan: 2,171

New Turnout Since Previous Day: 36,708
Early In-Person Since Previous Day: 34,128
Absentee Since Previous Day: 3,480

Turnout Numbers Through Same Day in 2020:

Early In-Person: 103,954

Turnout Numbers Through Same Day in 2018:

Early In-Person: 80,436

Locally, Dade County is also enjoying a positive turnout at the polls, with the following numbers according to the Dade County Board of Elections:

MAIL BALLOTS

#OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS ISSUED    64

#OF RETURNED ABSENTEE BALLOTS 28

#OF REJECTED ABSENTEE BALLOTS  0

ADVANCE VOTING

#OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE VOTED       570

PROVISIONAL

# OF VOTED PROVISIONAL 0

# OF VOTED PROVISIONAL VERIFIED/CURE ACCEPTED 2

# OF REJECTED PROVISIONAL  0

# OF ISSUED CURES OUT  2

As a reminder, early voting ends May 20th at 5pm.

by Orey Yates