Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Early voting shatters records in New Mexico

Early voting shatters records in New Mexico

During the 2014 midterm election, 791,000 total early votes were cast.

There's still a little less than a week left before Election Day proper, but the number of early votes already in exceeds the entire nationwide total of such votes from 2014. Harris County includes Houston.

In Onslow County, turnout is slightly lower, with less than 5% of residents voting early.

The turnout is so unprecedented that researchers are now viewing the election in the same lens as a general election, which tends to draw more voters to the polls.

In several counties, the rate of ballots returned so far is approaching the pace in the 2016 presidential election - a sign of incredible engagement.

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More than 1.48 million people have voted early, and more than 1.9 million people have voted by mail.

In past presidential years, two-thirds to three-fourths of voters cast early ballots, de Leon said.

And the latest numbers show this could be a record setting turnout of early voting, which ends Saturday, November 3, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

More than 16 percent of voters to date have Spanish surnames, a higher share than in any previous midterm election.

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