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More than 2.3 million people have already voted in the election for the two federal senators from Georgia, who will determine the control of the U.S. House of Representatives, in what is the second round election with the highest participation in the history of the state, electoral authorities said last Tuesday.
Georgia’s Secretary of State confirmed to EfE that up to Monday, 1.5 million people had voted in the early elections, which in most counties end this Wednesday, and another 800,000 sent their ballots by mail or deposited them in the special mailboxes placed in different points of the state.
According to official figures, the more than 2.3 million voters who already voted in the January 5th, 2021 election represent approximately 27% of the voter roll.
In these second round elections, which are attracting national attention because they could give the Democrats control of Congress, journalist Jon Ossoff and the Reverend Socialist Raphael Warnock are seeking to unseat Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively.
According to the Georgia Votes site (www.georgiavotes.com), which analyzes statistics released by the Georgia Secretary of State, a greater proportion of Hispanics and African Americans are voting than in the general election.
The polls show that the two races for seats in the U.S. Senate for Georgia are tied, with only one week left before the crucial vote.
The 2.3 million voters who have already exercised their right to vote are up from the 2.1 million who voted during the entire 2008 Georgia Senate runoff, the last time a runoff was necessary.
And there are still several days left to vote early and by mail and on election day itself.
This week, Republicans suffered a setback in court after a judge rejected a lawsuit filed by the Texas group True The Vote that challenged the voting eligibility of more than 4,000 voters.
U.S. Magistrate Leslie Abrams Gardner, sister of Democratic activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, prevented election officials in Muscogee and Ben Hill counties, where the central Georgia city of Columbus is located, from requiring large numbers of voters to prove their residency before voting, which would open the door to people from other locations voting.
In the final stretch of this campaign, Republican candidates said Tuesday that they support the proposal to increase direct deposits to citizens from $600 to $2,000, as part of the economic stimulus package.
Speaking to Fox News, Perdue said he fully supported “what the president is doing right now,” while Loeffler said he has supported Trump “100 percent of the time” and “we need to provide relief to Americans now.”