Georgia Election Law Results in Record Early-Voting Turnout


Georgia Election Law Results in Record Early-Voting Turnout

5/21/2022 ~ by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Georgians demonstrated their confidence in the state’s election integrity and ease of voting by showing up in record numbers during three weeks of early voting for the 2022 primary.

Short lines, smooth easy ballot access, and confidence in ballot security brought out more than 850,000 to cast a ballot in person or return an absentee ballot. Compared early-voting turnout in recent primaries, this represented a 168 percent increase over the 2018, the last gubernatorial primary and a 212 percent jump above 2020, the last presidential primary year.

“The record early voting turnout is a testament to the security of the voting system and the hard work of our county election officials,” said Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger. “The incredible turnout we have seen demonstrates once and for all that Georgia’s Election Integrity Act struck a good balance between the guardrails of access and security.”

Anyone registered by April 25 can still vote in the party primary of their choice or cast a nonpartisan ballot in person on Election Day or by returning a previously requested absentee ballot by 7 p.m. Tuesday. To find early voting locations and hours in your county, visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page at

Turnout Numbers Through May 14, 2022
Total Turnout: 857,401
Early In-Person: 795,567
Absentee: 61,744

Republican: 483,149
Democrat: 368,949
Nonpartisan: 5,303

New Turnout Since Previous Day: 147,264
Early In-Person Since Previous Day: 140,145
Absentee Since Previous Day: 7,119

Turnout Numbers Through Same Day in 2020:
Early In-Person: 254,883

Turnout Numbers Through Same Day in 2018:
Early In-Person: 299,347

Advanced In-person Voting STATS as of 5/21/22:
3,031 voted
(Saturday, May 7 - 63 & Saturday, May 14 - 92)

---> Record Primary Turnout and No Lines on First Day of Voting

5/3/22(Atlanta) – Georgia saw record turnout and no lines on the first day of early voting for the 2022 primary election. Overall, 27,298 Georgians cast their ballots early, in-person yesterday, 3 times the number that turned out to vote on the first day of the 2018 primary election and almost double the number for the June 2020 primary.

“Record turnout on the first day of early voting is a testament to an elections system that ensures top-level security and ease of access,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “Georgia voters statewide experienced short or nonexistent lines, and a smooth voting process. It remains easy to vote and hard to cheat in Georgia, further disproving the false narrative from Abrams and her allies about the Election Integrity Act of 2021.”

On the first day of early voting for Georgia’s 2022 primary election, 27,298 Georgians cast a ballot early, in-person. For Georgia’s June 2020 primary election, 14,950 individuals cast ballots in-person on the first day of early voting. For the 2018 primary, only 9,266 Georgians cast ballots on the first day of early, in-person voting.

An additional 2,719 absentee ballots have been returned statewide as well.

In March 2021, the Georgia legislature passed the Election Integrity Act of 2021, which expanded the number of early voting days to 17, including two mandatory Saturdays of voting and codifying optional Sunday voting into law. The legislation also included provisions requiring photo ID for absentee ballots, added commonsense regulations to absentee ballot drop boxes and cut down on long lines.