Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that Georgia has shattered the all-time voter registration record with over 6,915,000 active and inactive voters on the rolls. Kemp expects the total number to break 7,000,000 voters at any moment as counties continue to process forms received by yesterday’s deadline.
The voter registration deadline was October 9, 2018 for the November 6, 2018 election.
Georgia’s population is roughly 10.43 million, based on the 2017 census. which means that Georgia’s percentage of the population registered to vote could come close to 70%.
“Despite what you hear or read, the numbers are clear. While outside agitators disparage this office and falsely attack us, we have kept our head down and remained focused on ensuring secure, accessible, and fair elections for all voters. The fact is that it has never been easier to register to vote and get engaged in the electoral process in Georgia, and we are incredibly proud to report this new record,” Kemp said in a statement issued via press release Wednesday.
Voter turnout in Georgia is predicted to reach levels of the 2008 presidential election and activists from all corners of the political spectrum have been working to get Georgians across the to register for months.
Absentee by mail voting is already underway and the number of absentee ballots requested across Georgia is up 130% from 2014.
Early in-person voting runs October 15, 2018 through November 2, 2018. In all 159 counties, the polls will be open on Saturday, October 27, 2018.