More than 30 million Americans have cast early ballots ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections, eclipsing the 2014 early totals nationally and suggesting a high overall turnout for contests that could define the final two years of President Donald Trump's term. Regardless, the huge surge in early voting by younger voters is likely to benefit Democratic candidates and may encourage more to the polls as election day, November 6, nears closer. Through Thursday, early turnout was 217 percent of what it was in 2014.
Oakes, in late October, just as early voting was getting underway, predicted roughly 60 percent voter turnout for this year's General Election. With such similar numbers, the small gap could simply be a swing towards voting on election day.
Early votes can be cast through Monday.
Republicans accounted for 34 percent.
New Mexico voters are picking a new governor, one USA senator and deciding on two open congressional seats, as they fill a long list of statewide public offices including attorney general and secretary of state.
Many states end early voting in the several days leading up to the election, so check each state's specified timelines and locations.
More than four out of 10 voters eventually cast ballots after Election Day in 2014.
"It is fantastic that over 881,715 Oregonians have already turned in their ballots", said Secretary of State Dennis Richardson in a press release.
The Illinois State Board of Elections says almost 840,000 early votes had been cast statewide as of late Wednesday.
Midterm elections are fast approaching.
- 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.
A record number of people voted at early sites for a midterm this year.
In person absentee voting continues through this Saturday, November 3, when all Virginia voter registration offices will be open at least 8 hours (times will vary).
The spike in turnout appears to be driven in part by Hispanics, according to an analysis, de Leon said.