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Early voting sets record in IL

Early voting sets record in IL

Residents have one more chance to vote, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day.

Election Day is Tuesday and polls will be open from 7 a.m. -7 p.m.

According to findings by NBC News, Republicans are actually leading Democrats in early vote counts based on the nationwide numbers. "We are staying very steady and very busy, with 400-plus people a day" voting, she said. Groups including the Tennessee Black Voter Project had submitted more than 36,000 registrations to the commission, but officials said about 55 percent were invalid because they were incomplete, were duplicates from previously registered voters or had come from convicted felons.

The highest turnout by percentage in a modern midterm was in 1994, when 66 percent voted, the Times reported, noting that it was also the last time Democrats won a governor's race, as Lawton Chiles defeated Jeb Bush. "I suspect we'll be over 180 - 185,000, that will have voted early and four years ago we only did 91,000", he said.

A poll released Monday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government found that 40 percent of young voters plan to vote in the midterms, with 66 percent of them saying they plan to vote for a Democratic candidate. 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.

But with an open Senate seat thanks to the retirement of Republican Bob Corker, voters are more than eager this year. They also worry about low turnout among Hispanics, who represent 60 percent of Dodge City's population.

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. For the record, those latter groups account for about 23 percent of the ballots in party registration states.

Registrar of Voters staff members will accept the mail ballots at the drop-off locations and follow specific protocols to maintain security.

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


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