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Georgia early voting hits 2,000,000 mark

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

Over two million Georgia voters have cast their ballots so far in the 2022 elections as of yesterday night, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. About 29 percent of the electorate so far is Black, an important demographic for Democratic candidates who have found themselves slipping in the polls in recent weeks.

The electorate so far also skews heavily towards older voters. About 71 percent of voters so far are over the age of 50, and just over half of all voters are over age 60.

In Athens-Clarke County, just over 20,000 people have voted so far. That electorate is also overwhelmingly white – about two-thirds of voters – and older – with 64 percent of voters over age 50 and 49 percent over age 60.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.