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Georgia and Camden County’s early voting numbers are higher than in 2014

This upcoming election season will not pick a president (often called the mid-term elections), but the turn out among early voters appears to be looking like a presidential election turnout.

The big-ticket ballots items are for the state’s Governor, Lt. Governor, Congress, State House and State Senate, and the all impactful local municipal elections. 

According to recent data (Oct. 20 data) collected from GeorgiaVotes.com, early voting in Georgia is seeing a record turnout for the first week. 

GeorgiaVotes.com retrieves their data from the state’s Secretary of State website each day once each county office sends the data in at the end of the business day during early voting.

GeorgiaVotes.com’s methodology of how they obtain the data is below: (From their website)

The Georgia Secretary of State makes absentee voter files available for free download. You can also download historical voter history files for free. Cue up a little scripting magic (I prefer Python) and you can cut everything up into a relational database. Go buy yourself the full voter list for $255 (after shipping), find a CD-ROM drive you can use to access the file, dust off some more Python scripts and you’re set.

As of Oct. 20th, turn out in Georgia is 213 percent higher than in 2014, which was the last time Georgians voted for governor and Congress. During this time in 2014, 164,640 early voters cast their ballots. For 2018, the early voting turnout is 515,339 statewide. Interestingly, over 30 percent of the 2018 early voters did not vote in the 2014 election.

Metro Atlanta counties are seeing record turnouts of over 300 to 400 percent since the 2014 gubernatorial election. Clayton County has an early voter turnout of 418 percent.

Statewide: Female voters made up 53.3 percent of the early voters while men made up 44.8 percent among early voters while 1.9 percent is unknown. Among the different ethnic groups, whites made up 59.7 percent, blacks made up 29.7 percent, Hispanics made up 1.2 percent, Asians make up 1.3 percent, and Other made up 8.1 percent of the early voting demographics.

First Congressional District (Includes the Georgia Coast, Alma, Waycross, and parts of Lowndes County)

For the First Congressional District race is between Republican Congressman Buddy Carter and Democrat Lisa Ring. For 2018, early voter turnout is up by 206.2 percent in the district than in 2014 – 32,781 ballots have been cast thus far for 2018. 

Camden County’s Turnout (data as of Oct. 19)

Camden County, like many other counties in the state, is seeing strong early voter turnout compared to 2014’s race for Georgia Governor and other constitutional offices.

Camden County has a population of 53,044 and 34,473 registered voters. The early voter turnout thus far is 223.9 percent higher in 2018 than in the 2014 election – 1,613 early ballots have been cast.

Among men and women in the county for early voting, women made up 49.8 percent while men made up 48.6 percent, with 1.6 percent being unknown.

Most voters typically vote on Election Day, which is Nov. 6th. In the 2014 general election (non-presidential), 9,993 ballots were cast (39.7 percent voter turnout) in Camden County. In the 2016 presidential election, 19,135 (75.58 percent voter turnout) ballots were cast.

Other items related to early voter turnout for Camden County in 2018:

  • Early Voters in Camden
586 (36.3%) of 2018 early voters in Camden also voted early in 2014
  • Day Of Voters
415 (25.7%) of 2018 early voters in Camden voted on election day in 2014
  • Non-Voters
612 (37.9%) of 2018 early voters in Camden did not vote in the 2014 election

Early voting continues in Camden County at the old Court House in Woodbine at the Board of Registrars/ Voter Registration Office from Oct 15th- Nov 2nd (3 weeks)  – 200 East 4th Street – Woodbine, GA 31569.

Saturday voting starts Oct. 27 at the following locations from 9 am – 4 pm:  

Woodbine – Board of Registrars/ Voter Registration Office

Kingsland – PSA Recreation – 1050 Wildcat Dr. Kingsland, GA 31548

St. Marys – Salvation Army Admin Building – 909 Osborne Road – St. Marys, GA 31558

Early voting will continue for 1 week before Election Day at the previous three locations mentioned for Saturday voting. That early voting will start on Oct. 29 and end Nov. 2nd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

To learn more about what is on the ballot, visit the MyGAVoterPage.

Related article with information about constitutional amendments:

Camden County: Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 15.

 

 

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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