Almost 76,000 new Georgia voters have registered since Oct.5 and are eligible to cast ballots in the state’s two Senate runoffs in January.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the new voters all had signed up before the state’s Dec. 7 registration deadline.
Fifty-six percent of the new voters are under 35. The newspaper said some are new Georgia residents and others have turned 18. All are able to cast ballots in the Jan. 5 runoff between Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Democrat Jon Ossoff and the runoff between Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and Democrat Raphael Warnock.
So far, just 2,670 of the newly-registered voters have cast ballots in the runoffs. Most of those have turned out for early voting. About 434 voters have returned absentee ballots.
The Journal-Constitution noted the new voters could have an impact in a close race. It also noted Biden won the state by just 12,000 votes.
A new Emerson College poll found both Perdue and Loeffler up by three points in their races.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has warned out-of-state voters from temporarily relocating to Georgia for the runoffs. It’s illegal to vote in Georgia without establishing legal residency, the Journal-Constitution said.
“Our office is dedicated to making sure Georgians and only Georgians vote in Georgia’s elections,” said Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs.
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