By voting early, Georgians are already starting to decide the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, along with many other contests. Election Day is Nov. 6.
Voting by mail allows voters to use paper ballots instead of relying on Georgia's electronic voting machines, which election integrity advocates say are vulnerable to hacking.
Absentee voting also allows Georgians to ensure their votes are counted without having to drive to precincts or wait in lines.
With so much time left before Election Day, it’s unclear whether the sharp increase in early voting will continue. In the 2014 election, a total of 954,010 people voted early, either by mail or in-person. Early voting accounted for 37 percent of turnout four years ago.
Georgia allows anyone to vote by mail on absentee ballots. Voters can request an absentee ballot online through the state's My Voter Page.
In-person early voting begins across the state on Oct. 15. The deadline to register to vote for this year's election is Oct. 9.