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KEMP: GEORGIA SHATTERS 2008 EARLY VOTING RECORD
ATLANTA, GA – With over 2,180,000 early ballots cast in Georgia leading up to Election Day, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announces today that Peach State voters have shattered the 2008 early voting record of 2,129,316 total early ballots cast. This new record will continue to climb today as voters hit the polls on the last day of advance in-person voting for the November 8, 2016 election.
"Georgia voters are highly enthusiastic and taking full advantage of unprecedented access to the ballot box to make sure their voices are heard," stated Secretary Kemp. “As Georgia’s chief elections official, I want to ensure every Georgian has the opportunity to allow their voice to be heard at the polls.”
Thus far, 166,875 mail-in absentee ballots and 2,013,132 advance in-person ballots have been cast in the November election. Secretary Kemp will continue to provide updated early voting totals throughout the day on his Twitter account.
"Technology and hard work by our state and county election officials have made the right to vote easier and easier to exercise over the past decade," said Kemp.
Georgia voters can use the office’s “My Voter Page” or download the “GA SOS” app to check registration status, view a sample ballot, find their voting location, and review county hours of operation. Secretary Kemp advises voters to make a plan before going to vote to ensure they are informed and prepared to cast their ballot in this historic election.
On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Secretary Kemp encourages Georgia voters to report any voting irregularities or complaints involving elections to the office’s Investigations Division. To submit a complaint, you can contact the office through Secretary Kemp’s social media or use the “Stop Voter Fraud” website and hotline at (877) 725-9797.
All complaints are promptly reviewed by the division’s P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officers, and if warranted, officers will open a formal State Election Board investigation.
“In addition to the informational resources and tools we offer Georgians, we also work to ensure Georgians have secure, accessible, and fair elections in our state,” said Kemp. “We are making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
On Monday, November 7, 2016, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp will hold a press conference at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport at 8:00 a.m. on election integrity, preparedness, and security before flying out to make himself available to media in Augusta, Savannah, Albany, Columbus, and Macon. Secretary Kemp will hold press conferences in these cities to ensure members of the public that Georgia is ready to conduct a secure, accessible, and fair election on November 8, 2016.
Currently, there are over 6.6 million registered voters in the Peach State.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders. For more information about the office, go to www.sos.ga.gov or follow Secretary Kemp on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube.
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