Monday saw the start of early voting across Georgia. With a start date of April 28, early voting is starting much earlier than in previous years, due to a much earlier primary for Georgia voters. The primary date is May 20, compared to past years when the primary was held in July.
Early voting can be done at selected locations in certain counties right now. In most cases, these locations are at the local or county elections office. Early voting will be taking place Monday through Saturday from now until May 16th at such offices.
Turnout was mixed in the first couple of days of early voting, with some counties counting a couple dozen voters coming out and others counting a few hundred voters. Primary races for all of Georgia's 180 House districts and 56 state Senate districts, as well as races for all of Georgia's statewide offices, 14 U.S. congressman, and one U.S. senator which has gotten an incredible share of attention.
Indeed, the senate primary bids to replace Saxby Chambliss has indirectly caused at least four hotly contested House GOP primaries, in the 1st, 10th, 11th, and 12th districts. Candidates for the Senate have vacated their House seats and caused a mad dash, while one Senate candidate (Eugene Yu) decided to drop his bid for Senate and run to displace John Barrow from the 12th District.
Some candidates, such as Karen Handel, noted the beginning of early voting with renewed campaign pushes. Handel began a bus tour in Canton with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that continued through Macon today in a push to get into the top two of the Senate primary, and force a spot in the expected July 22 runoff.