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08 April 2014

Study Says Georgia Voter Turnout Dropped Below National Average in 2012

A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts says the Georgia experienced a 4% decline in voter turnout between the 2008 and 2012 elections.

According to the Pew study, Georgia voter turnout was 62.73% in 2008. Four years later, turnout was 58.45%. Overall, Georgia's voter turnout placed it 34th in the nation.

In addition, Pew says Georgia voters faces some of the longest wait times to vote in the country. Georgians spent about 17.8 minutes waiting to vote in 2012 While that's a sharp decline from the 37.6 minutes Georgians spent in voting lines in 2008, the state still ranked near the bottom (42nd) for voter wait times.

The Pew Charitable Trusts looked at seventeen indicators as wait times at polling locations, availability of voting information tools online, rejection of voter registrations, problems with registration or absentee ballots, rejection of military and overseas ballots, voter turnout, and accuracy of voting technology in all fifty states and the District of Columbia to produce the annual Election Performance Index.

"We know common-sense solutions to improve elections exist. States are pioneering innovations that make a real difference in the efficiency and accuracy of their elections operations while also saving money," said David Becker, director of Pew's election initiatives project. "The Election Performance Index allows policymakers to pinpoint what's working while also identifying areas where improvement is needed."

Visit www.pewstates.org/epi to see the complete study.