Early voting in Oklahoma starts Thursday for midterms

Early voter turnout strong across state

Days ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, turnout in 22 states and Washington, DC, has shattered 2014 midterm election early voter rates, according to the New York Times, which reported 31.5 million ballots had been cast.

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.

With election day Tuesday, turnout at close of business on November 1 stood at 881,715-far higher than the prior high of 702,437 at this point in the 2014 midterm election, and only slightly below the 899,128 ballots cast at this point in the 2012 presidential election.

In Robertson County, Clerk Joanie Jolly expects voters turnout of about 40 percent, she said.

Central College political scientist Andrew Green says that's despite a smaller window for early voting this election.

What advantages, if any, high early voting turnout will give to the candidates is unclear.

- Some 10,000 voters received mailers from the Missouri Republican Party with incorrect information about when their absentee ballots are due.

There are more than 13 million registered voters in Florida, where the governor's office and a Senate seat are in play. During the 2014 midterm election, 791,000 total early votes were cast.

Almost 1.29 million GOP voters have cast ballots, compared to almost 1.23 million Democrats. The total early vote in 2014 was 28.3 million in an election where more than 83 million Americans voted.

Midterm elections are fast approaching.

Mail absentee ballots can be returned by the voter by mail or by a commercial delivery service (e.g., Federal Express, UPS), or by the voter personally, but not by another person or a personal courier service. About half of those new voters were newly registered.

All voters who vote in person must provide identification.

"Voters who have moved and re-registered may not know where they vote", said Washburne.

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