'Unprecedented' Numbers of Early Voters Are Coming Out for Midterms

Early voter turnout strong across state

DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats

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

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. Almost 526,000 voters with no party affiliation have also cast ballots.

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

And in the 2012 presidential election, 387,350 Tarrant County voters cast early ballots in person, election records show.

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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.

Early voting ran from October 22 to November 2.

In a press release, the Portage County Board of Elections warns a slate ticket with the Ohio Republican Party included information stating you can return your absentee ballot to your polling place.

The secretary of state's office predicts turnout will reach 30 to 35 percent on Election Day.

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