Early voting enters final week before Georgia runoff

People vote at the Wolf Creek Library in South Fulton on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. STEVE SCHAEFER /SPECIAL TO THE AJC
People vote at the Wolf Creek Library in South Fulton on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. STEVE SCHAEFER /SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Rising numbers of voters are expected at the polls this week during the last few days of in-person early voting for Georgia’s runoff election.

Over 253,000 voters have already cast their ballots in advance of the Aug. 11 runoff, which includes races for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Georgia General Assembly, district attorneys and other county offices.

The last week of in-person early voting is usually the busiest. Georgia requires three weeks of advance voting before election day.

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Turnout for the runoff has been lower than the original June 9 primary. At the same point before the primary, 883,000 people had already voted, on the way to record turnout for a Georgia primary with nearly 2.4 million voters.

So far, more people are voting from home than at polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than two-thirds of voters in the runoff election have returned absentee-by-mail ballots, according to state election data through Sunday.

Voters can still request absentee ballots, but they will only be counted if they’re received at county election offices before polls close at 7 p.m. on election day. All voters in Georgia are eligible to cast absentee ballots.

Some counties have set up drop boxes, where voters can deposit their absentee ballots rather than depending on the U.S. Postal Service.

Slightly more voters have pulled Democratic Party ballots than Republican Party ballots, 45% to 44%. The rest have used nonpartisan ballots, which include races for superior court judges but leave out most other candidates.

The winning candidates in the runoff advance to the Nov. 3 general election.

Three ways to vote in Georgia’s runoff

  • In-person on election day Aug. 11 at local precincts
  • In-person at early voting locations through Friday
  • From home with absentee ballots, which must be received by county election offices before polls close on election day

Find your early voting locations, election day precincts, absentee voting information and sample ballots online on the state’s My Voter Page at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.