A Georgia election official asked President Joe Biden to issue an apology after the state saw record voter turnout for this year’s midterm. Biden accused Georgia’s voting system of being “Jim Crow 2.0” and sued the state.
“How many turnout records do we have to break before Stacey Abrams and President Biden apologize to Georgia?” Gabriel Sterling, Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, said.
“We’re on track to break records in terms of voter turnout in every category,” the office of Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, said. “In 2018, 223,576 Georgians voted by mail for Governor. So far this year, we’ve received 239,789 requests for absentee ballots, 238,356 have been mailed out. We’ll exceed 2018’s total for mailed-in ballots. So far we’ve been breaking the early vote record set in 2018, and we’re approaching the early vote numbers in 2020.”
Georgia’s Secretary of State Office issued a statement that said:
“Georgia voters continued to hit record breaking turnout on day three of Early Voting. As of Thursday morning, just under 400,000 Georgia voters have cast their ballot during in-person Early Voting, with 126,918 showing up on Wednesday, October 19th.
“Wednesday’s total marks a 63.3% increase from day three of 2018 midterm Early Voting and is only slightly under the total of day three of Early Voting in the 2020 Presidential election.
“Georgia has had record Early Voting turnout since the first day of Early Voting this year, surging to nearly twice the number on the first day of Early Voting in 2018.
“Yesterday’s total continues to surpass the previous midterm Early Voting records made in the 2018 midterm election, and the cumulative total is only 15,000 votes under the Presidential election cumulative total at this point in 2020.
“The counties have worked tirelessly alongside our office to encourage Georgians to cast their vote early,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “County election directors are getting the job done and Georgians know it.”
“Reports of long lines were rare, with some lines in the metro areas being reported. No substantial delays were reported yesterday.
“Early Voting turnout is expected to increase during the last week of Early Voting. All counties will have mandatory Saturday voting this coming Saturday.
Turnout Numbers Through 10/19/2022:
Total Turnout: 434,546
Early In-Person: 396,332
New Turnout Since Previous Day: 138,745
Early In-Person Since Previous Day: 126,918
Absentee Since Previous Day: 11,827
Turnout Through Same Day in 2020:
Early In-Person: 410,809
Turnout Through Same Day in 2018:
Early In-Person: 225,015