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115,000 Georgia voters turn out for early voting over the weekend

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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.

Nearly 116,000 voters cast ballots in Georgia Saturday and Sunday, and those numbers pressed early voting in Georgia past the million and a half mark, according to data from the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

Early voting has been setting records daily since it began two weeks ago, surging well past the turnout ahead of the last midterm election in 2018 and coming close to the early voting turnout before the presidential election two years ago.

Additionally, absentee ballots have begun to come in in larger numbers after a much slower pace than 2020.

As of Monday morning, 155,104 absentee ballots had been returned to county election offices. Only 1,054 ballots had been rejected statewide, and those voters receive notices explaining how they can cure any discrepancy.

Early voting turnout is expected to increase this week before it ends on Friday.

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