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Early Voting Totals in 19 States Have Already Surpassed 2014 Midterm Turnout

03 November 2018

The number of people voting early has surpassed the 2014 total in IL and many other states, with days to go before Tuesday's election.

Registered Democrats accounted about 53 percent of early votes a week before Election Day.

The big day isn't until next week for the midterm elections, but Oklahoma voters can get an early start.

"The youth vote is higher than 2014 so far, but so few young people have voted at this point it is not hard to double the numbers", said University of Florida political scientist Michael McDonald.

Meanwhile, battleground states like Texas - where progressive candidates like Beto O'Rourke have threatened to unseat Republican incumbents like Ted Cruz - have seen record-level early voter turnout ahead of Election Day. Outgoing Gov. Rick Scott also is challenging U.S. Sen.

State data shows 10 percent of Louisiana's almost 3 million voters cast ballots in the weeklong early voting period that ended Tuesday, in races for secretary of state, six U.S. House seats and other positions.

Early voting is underway.

All absentee ballots have to be postmarked by Monday, November 5 or returned in person at the Board of Elections Office before polls close at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 6.

Early Voting Totals in 19 States Have Already Surpassed 2014 Midterm Turnout