Early Voting On Track With 2014 Levels, Democrats Boost Turnout

Early Voting On Track With 2014 Levels, Democrats Boost Turnout

Early Voting On Track With 2014 Levels, Democrats Boost Turnout

The new statewide vote-by-mail law passed in August allows mail-in ballots to be received and counted by the elections board up to 48 hours after polls close on election night, provided that these ballots are postmarked on Election Day, November 6.

In Robertson County, Clerk Joanie Jolly expects voters turnout of about 40 percent, she said. Another 1.6 million+ have been sent mail-in ballots but have not returned them yet.

Early voting for the General Election started October 22 and runs through Friday, Nov. 2. Similar increases in early voting numbers were reported in Cleveland and Tulsa counties. Central College's Andrew Green says that's showing up in early voting. "Everybody has been contacted and notified that there is a midterm election". That put the county just shy of 36 percent turnout with two full days of early voting, and Election Day itself, to go. Voters which have registered in the county total 1,756.

New statistics released Wednesday by the state Division of Elections show registered Republicans still have the edge, casting 1.43 million ballots compared to almost 1.37 million by registered Democrats. About half of those new voters were newly registered.

It cannot be said enough: It's the voters who don't often participate in midterms who can make the big difference.

As of Wednesday, 43 percent of early voters are Republican and 41 percent are Democrats.

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. By Friday, the county had recorded 260 walk-in absentee voters and had answered 150 mail-in request.

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

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