Saturday was National Vote Early Day, a date set by nonprofits and businesses to raise awareness of early voting options throughout the United States.
For their part, Georgians have showed their awareness of early voting options by voting early and by absentee ballots in record numbers.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, Georgia’s total voter turnout has been 114% higher than it was at the same time during the 2016 election.
When broken down into early voting and absentee, Georgia’s turnout for in-person early voting is 53% higher than 2016 and absentee turnout is up a chart-topping 645% over 2016.
Below are the current numbers for voter turnout in Georgia during the early voting period as supplied by the secretary of state’s office.
Ballots Cast as of 5 p.m. on October 24, 2020
Total Number of Ballots Cast: 2,696,424
Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast as of 5 p.m. Today: 124,435
Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast: 1,752,304
Total Number of Absentee By Mail Ballots Cast: 944,120
Ballots Cast as of Close of Polls on October 28, 2016
Total Number of Ballots Cast: 1,187,726
Total Number of Early, In-Person Ballots Cast: 1,064,215
Total Number of Absentee By Mail Ballots Cast: 123,511
Percentage Increase in Total Turnout to Date: 114%
Percentage Increase in Total Early, In-Person Turnout to Date: 53%
Percentage Increase in Absentee By Mail Ballots Accepted to Date: 645%
*Percentage Increases Compare Close of Polls Data for the 12th Day of Early Voting in 2020 and 2016