- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s top elections official says thousands of voters are casting ballots early in the state’s presidential primaries.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Thursday that more than 63,500 Georgians voted early in the first week of advance voting that began Feb. 8. The figure includes more than 53,000 ballots cast in-person and nearly 10,500 absentee ballots received by mail.

Kemp says more than 40,200 votes were cast in the Republican presidential primary, while Democratic voters accounted for more than 23,100 ballots.

Early voting continues through Feb. 26. Polls will reopen on primary day March 1.

Kemp says early voting so far this year numbers has tracked closely with the last presidential primary in 2012, when about 172,000 Georgians voted early.


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