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

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

Unaffiliated voters have already surpassed the total number of early votes cast in 2014, making up about 26% of the early vote. More than 6.6 million voted early or voted by mail in the 2016 presidential election.

By comparison, 245,000 people voted early in the 2014 primary, which featured a contested U.S. Senate race and 235,000 people voted early in the 2015 gubernatorial primary.

More than 16 percent of voters to date have Spanish surnames, a higher share than in any previous midterm election.

Yet election officials say it's not clear whether prepaid postage is driving increased turnout this year.

In both Craven and Carteret County, turnout is even higher.

Florida voters are choosing whether their new governor should be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum or former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. Among lower-key elections, however, participation seems to be slightly higher among registered Democrats, which McDonald suggests could be a outcome of voters channeling discontent with national politics into their local races.

"As of last night, we are about 700 (ballots) ahead of where we were in the presidential election two years ago", Kittitas County Auditor Jerry Pettit said Wednesday afternoon.

In Onslow County, turnout is slightly lower, with less than 5% of residents voting early.



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