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Early voting ends Friday

A little more than 12 percent of Bryan County’s 31,063 active voters had cast votes early as of Wednesday morning in the Dec. 6 runoff between incumbent U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock of Savannah and challenger Herschel Walker.

Early voting in the runoff ends Friday afternoon.

Statewide, by Wednesday morning nearly 833,738 voters had participated in early voting either by absentee voting or in person.

That’s about 11.9 percent of the 7,006,836 active voters in the state, according to the Secretary of State’s online data hub, which offers a treasure trove of data about the election at the state and local level. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has touted turnout as proof that claims of voter suppression are false.

He said voters broke the all time early-voting turnout record on Monday, when more than 468,000 voters cast ballots. Interest in the Georgia race has remained high nationally, with both candidates funding a new wave of increasingly aggressive attack ads.

Warnock nearly won reelection to a full six-year Senate term outright, capturing 49.4 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 election to 48.5 percent for Walker. But the race was forced into a Dec. 6 runoff by a Georgia law requiring candidates to win more than 50 percent of the vote to claim victory.

County officials say early voting in Bryan County will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pembroke City Hall and Timber Trail Gym in Richmond Hill through Friday. Regular Precincts will be open Dec. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dave Williams of Capitol Beat News Service contributed to this story.

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