DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats

DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats

Jones County's early voters are asked to go to the Board of Elections office, 367 N.C. 58 South in Trenton, to cast a ballot. The national trend toward early voting has been close between the two parties.

More people than ever are returning their ballots by mail or dropping them off at a local election location rather than voting in a booth on Election Day.

That supasses the 791,000 early votes cast in 2014, the last non-presidential election year. Libertarian, minor party and unaffiliated voters accounted for just over 12 percent of votes. Another 1.6 million+ have been sent mail-in ballots but have not returned them yet.

If Democrats can keep up their numbers through Election Day on November 6, they would match or outperform their turnout in the primaries when they bested Republican turnout by a little more than half a point, despite having few local candidates for voters to choose from. And 462 voters registered to "other" parties had also cast ballots as of Thursday evening. The state has settled firmly into Republican-dominated territory.

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But with an open Senate seat thanks to the retirement of Republican Bob Corker, voters are more than eager this year.

The voter turnout for November 2016 was 72 percent, while the turnout in November 2014 was 48 percent. And there are independents and third-party voters, as well.

31, it's too late to request a mail-in ballot.

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

Voter turnout in the 2018 midterms looks set to smash records.

In Rockford, 6,735 votes had been cast through noon Thursday, said Stacy Bixby, executive director of the Rockford Board of Elections.

- Voters who recently moved to New Hampshire will have to submit additional documentation after the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling that had placed the requirement on hold.

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