Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

According to the Hill, seventeen states are showing such an enormous surge in early voting that the votes already cast surpass the number of total votes in the last midterm election.

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

As of 9:30 p.m. Friday, more than 432,700 local voters cast ballots in person for this year's midterm election, Tarrant County election records show. Harris County includes Houston.

Early voting in Oklahoma runs Thursday through Saturday.

The turnout is so unprecedented that researchers are now viewing the election in the same lens as a general election, which tends to draw more voters to the polls.

For example, 2016, saw just over 29m votes cast with six days to go until the 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.

New statistics released Wednesday by the state Division of Elections show registered Republicans still have the edge, casting 1.43 million ballots compared to almost 1.37 million by registered Democrats. Turnout during presidential election cycles is typically much higher than for midterms.

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