Voters turned out in droves across the state of Georgia in the first day of early voting today, dwarfing the number of votes cast in the first day of voting in the last midterm election in 2018 and virtually tying the record set in the 2020 election that turned Georgia blue.
Very good news for Democrats.
Our elections team has reviewed the initial early vote numbers for Day 1 and we know we are north of 125,000. This dwarfs the previous record of 72k from the 2018 midterm 1st day of early voting. We will have exact numbers in the morning. #gapol #PlanYourVote
— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) October 18, 2022
The record turnout in 2020 looked like this:
“128,590 Georgians cast ballots in-person on the first day of early in-person voting for the November 2020 general election. This represents a 42% increase over the 90,688 voters who cast a ballot in-person on the first day of early, in-person voting during the November 2016 elections, the last record first day of early in-person voting.”
Mr. Sterling puts the number of votes cast today at “north of 125,000”. How far north we won’t know until tomorrow. But contrast that number with only 72,000 cast the 1st day in 2018, when Stacey Abrams was nearly elected Governor, and we can hope that today was a very good day for Democrats.
Many of Mr. Sterling’s followers think it was…
— CathyO ☮ (@cathyob1) October 18, 2022
— Sellen (@sloaneellen) October 18, 2022
Kudos Salutations & a huge Thank You Ladies & Gentlemen of the 🍑🔵🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/2hkAOBBtF1
— RachelMaria_65 🇺🇸💙🌻 (@65Rachelmaria) October 18, 2022
Yep, I made sure to vote today. I want my rights back. I want a Governor with a plan to benefit all Georgians. I am tired of the good old boys network running this state.
— Christine (@christysevans) October 18, 2022
Did they ever find the 11,800 votes? 😂
— Aayush Thakur (@aayush_tkur) October 18, 2022
— dianedavisclark (@dianedavisclark) October 18, 2022
…fewer polling places, further distance, limited drop boxes, longer lines BECAUSE of the voter suppression laws they passed. It's apparent these tactics won't deter the people and their vote.
— gailborges✍ (@gailborges) October 17, 2022
— Fields of Gold (@Sandra49932387) October 18, 2022
Yes, keep it up Georgia, and hopefully your example will resonate in the rest of the country!