Out of the 400,000-plus active registered voters in Cobb, more than 20 percent went to voting booths before Election Day, while an additional 4.8 percent cast ballots by mail or online.
That makes for a combined early turnout of roughly 25 percent.
During early voting in the 2008 election, a much higher percentage voted—but they had more than double the time to do it. Then, in the 31 days of early and 45 days of mail-in voting, 152,400 (38.4 percent) of the 397,000 registered voters filled in their ballots.
In this year’s 15 early voting days, 83,800 cast ballots in person, 19,500 by mail, and 500 by e-ballot out of the 415,300 active registered voters. Tallies from Friday, the last day of early voting, aren’t included because they weren’t immediately available.
- Week 1 early voting (starting Oct. 15)—6,985
- Week 2—14,588
- Week 3—Monday: 14,907; Tuesday: 14,650; Wednesday: 15,743; Thursday: 16,896; Friday: N/A
- Absentee mail ballots issued—26,423
- Absentee mail ballots returned—19,476
- E-ballots issued—976
- E-ballots returned—516
- Total issued—27,401
- Total returned—19,992
There is no voting Monday, and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. A sample ballot is attached.