Several states, 31 to be exact, are now offering some form of early voting in the hopes of stemming longer lines and difficulties on Election Day in two weeks. Many voters have been taking advantage of this option and the lines, in some areas, have been long enough already.
Keep in mind not every state offers early voting and their is no advantage or disadvantage, so sit tight until November 4th if you don’t have that option. Personally I’ll be waiting until Election Day here in Virginia simply to see how things are working at my particular polling location, and I’d like to check out the electronic machines.
A report on early voting in Florida via CNN:
Report on early voting in Houston, Texas via KHOU:
Report on Louisiana’s early voting from WBRZ:
Virginia doesn’t officially have early voting for everyone, however, they do allow absentee voting in person at your local board of elections office, a report on this from WVEC in Norfolk, VA:
Report on more states from the Associated Press:
A look at early voting in several key battleground states in the presidential election:
Nevada Democrats have a big jump on Republicans in early voting in the state’s urban centers of Las Vegas and Reno, election officials say.
Cumulative early-vote totals in the Las Vegas area show ballots were cast by 31,875 Democrats and 13,371 Republicans through midday Monday. Republicans had the advantage in absentee balloting, 6,616 to 6,161 through noon Monday.
In the Reno area, a similar pattern occurred — twice as many Democrats than Republicans voted early through noon Monday.
Nevada has five electoral votes.
Florida voters hoping to skip long lines on Election Day found themselves waiting for hours at some polling places Monday as early voting opened statewide.
Republicans have requested 295,000 absentee ballots statewide compared with 199,000 Democrats.
Florida has 27 electoral votes.
About 12 percent of the state’s roughly 5.6 million registered voters have already cast ballots for the Nov. 4 general election. Statewide on Friday 55,709 people voted.
Georgia doesn’t track absentee ballots by political party.
The counties with the most early voters are DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb and Chatham.
Georgia has 15 electoral votes.
Early voting opened Thursday and drew some 214,000 voters to the polls in the first two days, leading to hours-long lines in parts of the state and lengthy schedules for poll workers.
In the first few days, the balloting clearly favored Democrats, with those registered with the party making up 62 percent of those who had voted. Only 22 percent of the voters had been registered Republicans.
North Carolina has 15 electoral votes.
Nearly 8.5 percent of Colorado’s 3.2 million registered voters have already cast ballots by mail or at early-voting polling places.
Nearly 249,000 mail-in ballots had arrived at county clerks’ offices by Monday, the first day of early voting. About 21,000 people cast ballots at polling places, according to the Colorado secretary of state’s office.
Colorado has nine electoral votes.
I’m not sure how I feel about early voting since, technically, the campaign isn’t over yet. However, I’m certain there are large numbers of voters who have made up their minds and might as well get it over with if they can free up some voting machines come November 4th.
As noted here earlier, there have been issues with the early voting in some areas.
Has anyone here taken advantage of early voting? What did you encounter?