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Georgia sets single-day record for early voting
Early voting continues in Effingham through Friday
Photo from Capitol Beat News Service Georgia voters are shown waiting in line to cast their ballot Saturday.

By Dave Williams

Capitol Beat News Service

Georgia voters are destroying the old political adage that runoff elections are plagued with low voter turnouts.

More than 300,000 Georgians cast ballots Monday, the first day of statewide early voting in the runoff contest between Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. That easily broke the daily record for early voting turnout in Georgia of 233,000.

“Way to go voters & election workers!” Gabriel Sterling, elections manager for the Georgia secretary of state’s office, posted on Twitter.

Effingham County’s registered voters may vote early, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., through Friday. The one location will be the elections office area at 284 Ga. 119 in Springfield.

Effingham County’s traditional precincts will be open for runoff voting Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The first day of statewide early voting followed heavy turnout reported by the counties that held early voting last Saturday and Sunday. Democrats had gone to court to win the right to let counties hold early voting days during the weekend.

Democrats already have retained their slim majority in the Senate, capturing 50 seats in the midterm elections earlier this month. That gives them the majority because Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris, who presides over the Senate, can break ties.