Early Voting Numbers Strong Heading Into Final Days

Monday, 05 Nov, 2018

More than 6.6 million voted early or voted by mail in the 2016 presidential election.

Voters can still request an absentee ballot for the general election by submitting an application directly with the county clerk through today. An analysis by the U.S. Elections Project shows Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and Tennessee are also at 150 percent of their 2014 early vote turnout or greater.

Republicans, as of that day, still had a turnout advantage over Democrats, but it was 2 percentage points, compared to 7 points at the same point in 2014, according to the paper, which was the year Scott beat Democrat Charlie Crist by 1 percent for the governor's office.

Yet, the presence of 12 proposed constitutional amendments, which include topics ranging from gambling regulation to voter rights to greyhound racing, concerns county elections officials. The state has settled firmly into Republican-dominated territory.

The ballot drop off station on Bannock Street in downtown Denver on Election Day 2017.

There are more than 13 million registered voters in Florida. They also worry about low turnout among Hispanics, who represent 60 percent of Dodge City's population.

View our voter guide for the statewide races and Congress here. There are crossover voters, even in this hyperpartisan era. Libertarian, minor party and unaffiliated voters accounted for just over 12 percent of votes.

The state's top race is to replace term-limited GOP Gov. Mary Fallin.

- In Missouri's St. Louis County, 253 people who recently registered to vote were mistakenly sent letters telling them they were ineligible.

Of the 124,000 Floridians aged 18 to 29 who had voted in person at early polling stations as of Thursday, almost a third did not vote in the presidential election in 2016, according to analysis by University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith.

Obviously, the interest in 2018 has far exceeded the interest of the 2014 election, the last time Republicans were said to have won big.

Voters with questions should call their local voter registrar's office, preferably before election day. Along with all the traditional absentee voters, well over 1.7 million people had voted as of Friday.

While a government-issued photo ID is not required to vote under IL law, it can be helpful to bring one should any questions about registration, address, signature, or more arise during the voting process. Among the other findings: new female voters outnumber men by more than 70,000.

Walk-in absentee voters have been running in line with a presidential election year, Schumacher said, although mail in ballots not so much.

Negrete reported from NY.