AJC: Black Voters Cast More Than One-Third Of 1.9 Million Early Georgia Ballots

Source: Jim Calloway / Atlanta Journal Constitution

Nearly 1.9 million votes have already been cast in Tuesday’s general election in Georgia — 35 percent of all those registered, according to figures released this morning by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

But if you calculate a 70 percent turnout rate by 7 p.m. Tuesday, the number of early votes would tally more than half. (Turnout was 75 percent in 2008.)

Early voting in Georgia concluded on Friday. The most surprising number: Without an overt campaign in this state on behalf of President Barack Obama, African-American turnout for early voting matched the 2008 rate, at 34 percent of all advanced ballots cast.

In Georgia, that won’t change the outcome of the presidential race. Republican Mitt Romney will carry the day – but the number is sure to encourage Democrats as they cast their eyes toward 2014 and beyond.

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