Turnout in Georgia Senate runoff was 90% of November election turnout

The office of Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reported that 3.5 million Georgians voted in the runoff election for U.S. Senate this year. That number 25% less than two years ago, when 4.5 million Georgians cast their ballots in the runoffs that took place on January 5, 2021.

This year, 44.7% of all registered voters voted in the runoff, down 13.5% from 2021, when 58.2% of all registered voters voted in the runoff. (The office of the Secretary of State distinguishes between active registered voters and inactive registered voters. We used estimates for all registered voters, active and inactive, to calculate these percentages.)

Turnout for this year’s runoff was 89.8% of the November 8 general election turnout, in which 3.9 million Georgians voted. That’s a slight decline from 2021, when the runoff turnout was 91.3% of the general election turnout, in which 4.9 million people voted.

More than 1.9 million voters cast their ballots early this year, including 1.7 million who voted early in person and over 188 thousand voters who voted absentee by mail. That number is 48% less than 2021, when 3.1 million Georgians voted early, including 2.1 million who did so in person and 1.1 million who voted absentee by mail. 

The number of voters who cast their ballots on Election Day increased from two years ago. This year, over 1.6 million Georgians voted on Election Day, 20.7% more than in 2021, when 1.3 million voters did so.