Georgia Voters Lead Southeast in Engagement, Turnout

May 17th, 2023

Atlanta – A recent survey by the U.S. Census Bureau confirms that Georgia voters shattered turnout and participation rates in the 2022 midterm elections, leading the Southeast region. Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau published Voter Registration in 2022 Highest in 20 Years for Congressional Elections. The survey confirms that Georgia’s election infrastructure is strong, finding a balance between voter accessibility and election security that promotes high turnout.

“Georgia is the bellwether state, and because of that Georgia voters play a key role in choosing our nation’s course,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “It’s easy to cast your vote in Georgia, and voters have the confidence that their vote will count.”

The Census Bureau’s analysis shows that Georgia ranked #1 in the Southeast for overall turnout, and tied for 17th overall, nationally.

Georgia’s 2022 midterm election and runoff broke several critical milestones, including:

▪All-time turnout records for a mid-term election, with more votes cast than any other midterm

▪Record breaking midterm Early Voting turnout

▪Record breaking absentee by mail votes cast in a midterm

▪More Election Day votes cast in the 2022 runoff than on Election Day in the 2022 General
Election, than on Election Day in the January 2021 runoff, or on General Election Day in 2020

▪Three days of single-day all-time voting records during Early Voting

By any measure, the 2022 midterm election was a success for all Georgia voters. The U.S. Census Bureau study confirms that Georgia’s position as a national leader in elections can take on any other state and is the Southeast’s election leader.


Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 17 days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no-excuse absentee voting. Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm election and record turnout in 2020, and 2022. 2022 achieved the largest single day of in-person early voting turnout in Georgia midterm history utilizing Georgia’s secure, paper ballot voting system. Most recently, Georgia ranked #1 for Election Integrity by the Heritage Foundation, a top ranking for Voter Accessibility by the Center for Election Innovation & Research, and tied for number one in Election Administration by the Bipartisan Policy Center.