Georgia shatters state's early voting record

Georgia has broken an all-time record for the number of people early voting in a mid-term election, the Secretary of State's office said.

In total, officials say Georgians cast 2,071,830 ballots with 1,886,905 in-person and 184,925 by mail. The previous record in a mid-term election was the 2014 general election with 945,507: 838,484 in-person and 107,023 by mail.

“In Georgia, it is easy to vote and hard to cheat, and I am incredibly proud of this new record showing strong voter engagement leading up to tomorrow’s election,” said Secretary Brian Kemp, who is also running for governor as the Republican candidate, in a statement. “This milestone is a testament to the hard work of thousands of election officials all across Georgia who are dedicated to secure, accessible, and fair elections for all.”

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In Fulton County alone, officials reported that 224,653 residents voted early.

“We knew we could break 200,000 early voters but because of the momentum of people heading to the polls, we hit over 224,000,” said Richard Barron, director of Fulton County Registration and Elections. “Reaching this number of early voters supports our opening many locations to provide our residents with an opportunity to choose when and where they want to vote.”

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Election day is Nov. 6. Officials say polls will be open in all 159 counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless extended by court order in specific locations.