The presidential preference primary is Tuesday, March 1, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Georgians from voting early.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said the number of early voters for 2016 has broken records with the highest numbers the state has ever seen and the state is even on track to break the general election voting record too – that is, if people stay involved.
This is the first time Georgia has participated in n early presidential primary, one that is referred to as the ‘SEC primary’ where a compilation of southern states have joined together to nominate a presidential candidate early to allow for more time to rally around the nominee ahead of the general election.
Kemp is also anticipating that the numbers will surpass those from 2008 where 45% of registered voters turned out to vote. As of Thursday, 5,000 more people had voted early across Georgia than in 2008.
Georgia has changed how citizens can register to vote in recent years, allowing people to register online and view a sample ballot on the Secretary of State’s office website.