Strong early voting numbers in Louisiana ahead of election

Early voter turnout strong across state

As of Thursday evening, early voting numbers showed that 18,144 blue voters had cast ballots compared to 38,422 Republicans, according to information available from the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections website. Regardless, the huge surge in early voting by younger voters is likely to benefit Democratic candidates and may encourage more to the polls as election day, November 6, nears closer. That was a low turnout (about 36 percent) even by usual standards of a midterm, when there's an expected drop off from presidential elections.

The early voting period for the November 6 election is ending on Friday.

Iowa's statewide early vote numbers are on track to match or surpass 2014 levels. Among lower-key elections, however, participation seems to be slightly higher among registered Democrats, which McDonald suggests could be a outcome of voters channeling discontent with national politics into their local races.

As of midday Thursday, Florida Division of Elections reported more than 3.7 million votes had been cast.

- A panel of federal judges has ruled that people in OH who had been removed from the list of registered voters for not casting ballots over a six-year period will be able to participate in Tuesday's election.

But with an open Senate seat thanks to the retirement of Republican Bob Corker, voters are more than eager this year.

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 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. About half of those new voters were newly registered. However, the numbers for this year could still rise as Head of Voter Registrar's for Gilmer, Nelda Spires says these could still come in early next week. Along with all the traditional absentee voters, well over 1.7 million people had voted as of Friday.

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.

That said, at least in Georgia, the racial and gender breakdown of the new voters bodes well for Abrams, who is trying to spike turnout among nonwhites, women and millennials.

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