Early voting in Georgia's U.S. Senate run-off sets precedent

Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 18:15:49-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — Georgians are making their way to the ballot box again for the last day of early voting for the two U.S. Senate runoffs.

Republican Incumbent Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are looking to keep their seats, running against Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

The Supervisor of Elections office says voter turnout this year will set the precedent for Georgia runoffs in the future with almost 15,000 voters casting their ballots early.

With the pandemic, election officials say more people have taken advantage of early voting.

While the turnout is significant it doesn't quite beat the number of voters for the presidential election.

Because of this trend, they expect to see fewer people voting on January 5, similar to November 3.

Supervisor of Elections Frank Scoggins says a decrease in turnout was expected from earlier this year, but the numbers are still encouraging.

"A little over 11,000 walk-ins," said Scoggins. "That's early-voting people taking advantage of in-person. And we're up to a little over 3,000 absentee, by mail ballots as we speak."

Earlier this month all four candidates toured South Georgia in an effort to get people out to vote, including in Thomas County.

If you plan on voting on Tuesday, January 5, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.