Atlanta, GA, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Georgians clearly are pumped up for next month’s presidential primaries.

The Peach State has set a record for online voter registrations thanks to a surge during the week leading up the Feb. 1 deadline, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

During the seven days up to and including Monday, 54,385 Georgians signed up to vote on the state’s online registration website, including 37,903 first-time voters.

“These numbers are unprecedented … and show that Georgians are excited about the SEC Primary,” Kemp said. “Georgians deserve this opportunity to have their voices heard.”

Kemp’s office launched the voter registration website in March of last year, allowing Georgians to register to vote 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unlike other states, the Georgia system works directly with the state Department of Drivers’ Services to automatically register voters using a Georgia driver’s license or state identification card number.

Early voting for the SEC Primary begins next Monday. The March 1 voting has been dubbed the SEC Primary because Georgia and other states with universities in the Southeastern Conference will be deciding their Republican and Democratic presidential preferences that day.