Press Release: ACLU of Georgia Encourages Early Voting, Urges Students to Vote Early at Campuses with Polling Places
Early voting has kicked off in Georgia, and voters are already casting their ballots at a record-breaking pace. The ACLU of Georgia encourages voters who haven’t done so to cast their ballot early. This period offers more flexibility for voters because they can cast ballots at any early voting polling place in their county.
Fulton County residents also have the option to vote at some college campuses. Tuesday and Wednesday were the two early voting days at Morehouse College’s Archer Hall. Today is the last day of early voting at Georgia State University’s Veterans Memorial Hall, 30 Courtland Street. Georgia State’s polls will be open until 5 p.m.
There are two additional campus early voting locations to take advantage of next week, on October 25 and 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Edwin Thompson Student Center
1630 Metropolitan Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30310
Georgia Institute of Technology
349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332
ACLU of Georgia has partnered with these colleges to ensure access to everyone, as well as busy students wanting to vote between classes.
“Ensuring access to the ballot for college students, who lead busy lives and often lack transportation, is vital,” said Vasu Abhiraman, ACLU of Georgia senior policy counsel and deputy political director. “We are happy to see that students at Georgia State, Georgia Tech, and the AUC have opportunities to vote on campus this cycle. We hope to see on-campus voting opportunities for college students in every corner of Georgia going forward.”
In-person early voting began Monday, Oct. 17 and ends on Nov. 4, the Friday before Election Day.
In general, polls are currently open from at least 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. Exact hours may vary. Officials can allow early voting beyond regular weekday business hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but it’s up to the county. Check your early voting locations here.
Abhiraman said early voting is the method of choice among Georgia voters by and large. One point of proof is that during the 2020 election cycle, out of the roughly 5 million votes cast for the presidential race, up to 2.8 million votes were cast through early voting, Abhiraman said. The trend is continuing this election cycle. According to the Office of Georgia Secretary of State, about 400,000 Georgia voters had already cast their ballots as of Thursday morning; that’s a 63.3% increase from day three of 2018 midterm early voting.