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First day of early voting in Georgia sets midterm record

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Julianne Akers/WUGA
A line of voters stretched outside the Clarke County Elections Office on the first day of early voting, October 22, 2022.

More than 131,000 Georgians turned out on Monday for the first day of early voting ahead of this year’s midterm elections. That’s 85% higher than the number who showed up to vote on the first day of early voting before the last midterm elections four years ago and fell just short of the 136,739 who cast ballots as early voting kicked off ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

The huge turnout wasn’t surprising considering Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock are on the ballot, along with Georgia’s congressional delegation and all of Georgia's state level offices, as well as all 236 seats in the General Assembly.

There will be at least 17 days of early voting throughout the state. All 159 counties will have an early voting Saturday this weekend. The final day of early voting will be Nov 4, the last Friday before Election Day Nov. 8. To find early voting locations and hours in your county, visit the secretary of state’s My Voter Page.

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