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Early voting shatters records in Georgia

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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.

After weeks of early voting, over 2 and a half million Georgians voted early in the pivotal 2022 midterm elections. That includes more than 2.2 million in-person early voters and about 216,000 absentee ballots that had been accepted as of Saturday morning. In total, about 32 percent of the state’s registered voters have already cast a ballot.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called the turnout “near-Presidential,” and 2022 turnout did come within 200,000 votes of 2020 early voting turnout. By comparison, the 2018 midterm elections attracted 1.8 million voters.

In Athens-Clarke County, just over 25,000 people have voted so far – about 31 percent of registered voters.

Tomorrow, of course, is election day. Polls will be open from 7 am to 7 pm. To find your polling location, visit mvp.sos.ga.gov.

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.