Common Cause Georgia Reminds Voters “Election Day is not Results Day”

ATLANTA — Georgia voters have until 7 p.m. tonight to cast a ballot in the 2022 midterm election. As voters head to the polls, Common Cause Georgia is reminding voters that it may take days for election officials to finalize results.  

“It’s crucial every voice is heard in this election and that means counting every vote,” said Aunna Dennis, executive director of Common Cause Georgia. “It takes time to count every vote accurately and that’s why Election Day is not results day. Even though we may not know the election winners when we go to bed, what matters most is making sure every voter’s ballot is counted accurately.” 

Georgia is no stranger to close elections, and voters may need to be patient again to find out the confirmed results in close races as the prescribed process of tallying ballots takes time to ensure that each and every vote is counted. 

Georgia conducted its first statewide risk-limiting audit after the 2020 presidential election, and the results released 16 days after Election Day confirmed that President Joe Biden garnered the most votes in Georgia. It was the largest hand count in the country’s history and a massive undertaking that proved the election tallies were safe, secure and accurate.

“The fact that we in Georgia may see an extended timeline to get election results should be reassuring,” Dennis said. “That is proof our system is working, and that election officials are checking and double-checking to ensure that each and every one of our votes will be counted. 

She added, “For those that haven’t voted yet, it’s not too late to have your say, as long as you get to your polling place before 7 p.m.”

Every registered voter in line at 7 p.m. when polls close will be given a chance to cast a ballot, Dennis said. To find 2022 Georgia election results, click here.