Early voting shatters records in New Mexico

Aaron Brown
November 5, 2018

Additionally, more than 1.8 million people have voted by mail.

A majority of voters have already cast their ballots, either through mail-in ballots or early voting, and will not have to show up to the polls next Tuesday - assuming the overall turnout rate matches the 51 percent turnout in the last non-presidential election year in 2014. Turnout during presidential election cycles is typically much higher than for midterms.

Washington County Election Administrator Maybell Stewart said 26,069 people took advantage of the early voting period and mailed in absentee ballots, an increase of almost 150 percent from the last midterm election in 2014, when 10,499 people voted early.

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

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In Georgia, early voting by the 18-29 year old demographic is up 476 percent according to TargetSmart which is tracking early voter turnout across the nation.

It's possible that Republicans are outpacing Democrats simply because the most competitive Senate races are taking place in states which have more registered Republicans than Democrats, like Texas, for example.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. across the state Tuesday for Election Day, when the governor's race tops the ballot. There are now 30,524 active registered voters in the city and 78,253 in the county. Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards said many voters lack a full understanding of the amendments they are voting on. By Friday, the county had recorded 260 walk-in absentee voters and had answered 150 mail-in request. If the voter does not have the absentee ballot with them, they will be issued a provisional ballot which will be counted after the Electoral Board has confirmed that their mail absentee ballot was not received and counted. There's lots of news we want to cover for you but we need a bigger staff and better equipment. maybe even a desk for our YouTube Shows!

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