Georgia Senate Runoff Early Voting Exceeded 400,000

Georgia Senate Runoff Early Voting Exceeded 400,000: The top two candidates in Georgia’s U.S. Senate contest, Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, will face off in a runoff election on December 6. Both candidates received less than 50% of the vote on November 8, thus a runoff election will be held as required by Georgia law.

In the Georgia Senate Runoff, More Than 400,000 People Voted Early

The penultimate Senate fight of the 2022 elections, the Georgia Senate runoff, pitted Democratic Sen. Raphael G. Warnock against Republican candidate Herschel Walker. Tens of thousands of people cast votes in the first and only weekend of early voting.

On Saturday, 70,050 Georgians went out to vote, utilizing an extra day of early voting arising from a lawsuit brought by Warnock, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the state Democratic Party. Republicans sought to prevent the initiative in court but were unsuccessful.

Georgians who voted Saturday told The Washington Post that hectic schedules prevented them from voting during the week. College students home for Thanksgiving voted in person rather than via absentee ballot.

On Nov. 8, neither Warnock nor Walker received over 50% of the vote, requiring a Dec. 6 runoff. Democrats have already restored majority control of the Senate after gaining a GOP-held seat in Pennsylvania, but a Warnock win would give them 51 members and an advantage on committees, with no need for a power-sharing deal with Republicans.

Sunday saw 86,937 more voters. That amount coupled with voters in select counties who voted before Thanksgiving and the 15,305 postal ballots received so far means that a total of 181,711 people have cast their votes by the weekend’s end.

By Monday evening — with all 159 counties allowing early voting — even more, voters had shown up. Gabriel Sterling, a key officer in Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office, reported 239,160 more votes as of 4:45 p.m. In a brief interview, Sterling predicted Monday’s total number may approach 250,000, and that many more voters could come up in the days ahead of the election.

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Georgia Senate Runoff Early Voting Exceeded 400,000
By comparison, more than 200,000 individuals had already filed a postal ballot on the first day of early voting in Georgia’s previous runoff election in January 2021. And more than 1.6 million had voted in the first week, emphasizing the contrasting political context and status of Georgia’s voting rules, which were updated in 2021 with tighter limits on how ballots are cast.

The stakes were higher in January 2021, with two runoff elections on the ballot that decided control of the Senate. Georgians had to wait hours to vote in person early. Warnock voted Sunday afternoon in Fulton County. The congressman remained in line for over an hour before being able to vote for himself. Early voting concludes Friday.

Warnock had many public campaign appearances over the weekend, but his opponent did not. Walker will resume campaigning Monday after a two-day hiatus.
A dozen state church groups urged Black people to vote for Warnock, saying Walker, a corporate executive, and former college football star, is unqualified for the office.

“We feel Herschel Walker belongs in the Football Hall of Fame, but nowhere near the United States Senate,” the Christian leaders stated in an “open letter to Georgia’s African American community” posted Monday.

“Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said ‘nothing in this world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity’—this quote clearly describes Mr. Walker, and we must not reward his ‘sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity by electing him to the United States Senate,” the letter says.

Faith leaders said Walker’s “character” and “bizarre opinions on vital topics” make him a poor lawmaker. “While he may make white radicals in Georgia, out-of-state legislators, and his close buddy, Donald Trump, happy, as people of faith, our priorities and expectations on problems come from a higher calling,” the letter adds.

Walker’s campaign didn’t respond. Warnock published a weekend video of Walker’s talks, showing people’s surprise at the Republican’s statements about vampires, werewolves, and “good air” from the US replacing “poor air” in China. “Not only does it make no sense, but I also don’t even comprehend what he thinks he’s saying,” says one lady in the video.

The commercial comes days after Georgia state officials were requested to examine rumors that Walker is enjoying a tax credit on his Texas house that was designed solely for a primary residence despite running for the Senate.

Georgia resident Ann Gregory Roberts complained to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Walker cannot register to vote in Georgia since he lives in Texas. Walker’s Georgia vote was illegal.

Last week, CNN revealed that public documents show Walker is on pace to earn a Texas homestead tax exemption this year, saving him around $1,500 for a $3 million Dallas suburb property identified as his principal residence.

CNN reported that Walker got the Texas home tax cut in 2021 and 2022 after announcing his Senate candidacy in Georgia. Walker, a former Dallas Cowboys player, registered to vote in Georgia in August 2021 after living in Texas for decades. His football career at Georgia made him famous in Georgia.

Amanda Sherman-Baity, a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman, said, “Every day Herschel Walker’s history of dishonesty and unsettling behavior becomes longer — and it’s all further proof that he has no business serving Georgians in the Senate. Georgia authorities should immediately meet the request to probe Walker’s latest issue, and Walker himself owes voters an explanation.”

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