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Turnout High In 6th District As Early Voting Enters Final Week

Jun 12, 2017

Early voting numbers continue to climb in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District special election.

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After this weekend, about 94,000 people had already cast their ballots in the runoff, with more than 10,000 voting on Saturday alone.

The total so far is almost double the roughly 55,000 early voters in April's election.

University of Georgia professor Charles Bullock expects even more people will be heading to the polls before early voting ends on Friday.

"A lot of people when it comes to voting and a lot of other things in life wait and do it at the last minute, so those numbers are going to go up dramatically,” Bullock said.

The high turnout is not surprising in such a high profile race, said Alan Abramowitz, a professor of political science at Emory University.

Still, Abramowitz suspects there may be something else driving voters to the polls, besides interest.

“This campaign is sort of endless,” Abramowitz said. “I think maybe people are anxious to get it over with and get their vote cast.”

The runoff election between Republican candidate Karen Handel and Democratic candidate John Ossoff is Tuesday, June 20.