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Early Voting

Here is what we find looking at the numbers for early voting as of Tuesday, October 30 – one week before the election.  Numbers include in person and absentee voting.

Since we cannot determine party affiliation from the votes in the General Election, we go back and match those that have voted with how they voted in the 2016 and 2018 Primary election, where voters are asked whether they want a Republican or Democratic ballot.  We can assume then that they will vote the same party in the General election.

Republican voters are turning out in larger numbers than Democrats.  But notice that 40% of the voters have no record of voting in a primary.  These are either new voters since the Primary or voters who have not voted consistently in the Primary elections.  Either way, it is a large group of unknown.

We can combine this voter data with some other data that we have and determine some interesting facts.  For instance, in the graph on the left, the total number of Democratic Primary voters is 410,130.  If we select Democratic Voters AND African-American voters we come up with 582,610 who have voted early.  Since we got the additional 172,480 voters by adding in just the African-American vote we can assume that, while certainly a large number of them voted Democrat, the increase in the count are part of that 40% of voters that don’t have a party affiliation.  If my logic is correct, then blacks make up about 27% of the ‘unknown’ voter pool.  According to the 2010 census, blacks account for just over 31% of Georgia’s population.

Where have the votes been coming from?  Here is a voter breakdown of early votes showing the top five counties and comparing it to the rest of the state:

Notice that 65% of the votes are coming from outside the Metro Atlanta area, which should be good for Republicans, who are expected to do very poorly in the metro counties.

So – do you want to know who in your neighborhood has voted early?  All of this information is available on the Secretary of States website.  You have to download the data for all of the counties in a zip file, then pull out your county data, but you will have the name, address and date voted (along with some other info) on everyone who has voted in person or requested an absentee ballot.  For instance, on my little street of about 14 homes, 7 homes have turned out representing 14 votes.  To download these files yourself visit

http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/daily_turnout_reports_for_november_6_2018_election

and select the latest date to bring up the files.