Texas' Harris County seeing 'presidential-type' early voter turnout

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The bright spot for Kemp: More than half of early votes come from voters over 65 (though that total includes all races), and there is intense turnout in numerous state's most conservative areas beyond metro Atlanta. And perhaps even more indicative of the unusual enthusiasm this midterm cycle, some states are approaching their early turnout from the 2016 presidential election.

Ballots must be in the hands of an election official by 7 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 6. The actual percentage of returned ballots was 31.9 percent on Thursday - in line with previous midterms in 2014 (32.3 percent), 2010 (33 percent), 2006 (32 percent), and 2002 (30 percent).

On election day, voting centers will be open throughout the county. And for those who waited until the final day in lieu of early voting opportunities, knowing these basics can help make for a smooth voting experience.

Mail ballot voters have options when it comes to turning in their ballots for the November 6 Gubernatorial General Election.

The total turnout in OR for this year's midterm election is already approaching presidential election levels, according to the office of Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.


In Texas, the popularity of Beto O'Rourke, the democratic candidate taking on Republican Ted Cruz for a Senate seat, could be drawing more young and minority voters to the ballots.

Democrats are leading in Orange and Osceola counties.

Almost 840,000 early ballots, a record, had been cast as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the state Board of Elections.

In person absentee voting has been brisk, with 1,064 city voters and 1,926 county voters casting ballots in their voter registrar's offices, so far.

- 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.


Republicans must be encouraged by these numbers since it means the early voting advantage for Democrats that has historically existed seems to be non-existent this year.

An analysis by Georgia-based data analyst Ryan Anderson finds that 36 percent of the 1.8 million early votes in Georgia are new voters.

A similar turnout this year would result in about 6.65 million voters going to the polls, although some suggest the turnout will be higher.

The spike in turnout appears to be driven in part by Hispanics, according to an analysis, de Leon said.


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