Nearly 685,000 Georgians have already voted in the June 9 primary election for president, Congress and the General Assembly.
That number includes about 90,000 people, who have voted in-person at polling locations.
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The number of early votes could grow very quickly as more than a million more registered voters have requested ballots and not returned them amid the coronavirus pandemic. Polls will be open for three weeks of early voting starting May 18 and on election day June 9.
About 39,000 new voters have cast votes, accounting for about 6% of the early-voting pool.
Here's a look at how the voters have broken down through May 26, according to data from the Georgia secretary of state’s office.
The electorate, so far, is much more white than the state’s list of 7.2 million registered voters. Whites make up 68% of early voters and 53% of all registered voters. Blacks account for 23% of early voters and 30% of all registered voters.
It’s not uncommon for the earliest groups of absentee voters to be more white, older and Republican than the general electorate.
Women are leading men in early voting. About 56% of voters are women.
Early votes have been cast in all of the state’s 159 counties. Most of those votes have been clustered in metro areas. Some counties may be lagging in reporting returned ballots. Fulton County shows many fewer votes than some neighbors. But the county’s elections office is backlogged after closing for two days when one worker died from COVID-19 and another was treated at the hospital for symptoms associated with the disease.
Voting started to ramp up during the end of April.
Republicans account for about 55% of the votes so far. When early voting was open for the since-canceled presidential primary election in March, Democrats had the edge.
Most early voters are choosing to use mail ballots, but about 90,000 people have gone to the polls.
Voters 65 and older make up about 52% of the early electorate so far.
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