Record number of early ballots cast

It’s not clear which party the early voting helps because early votes are breaking for Democrats in some states and Republicans in others.  At least people are voting!  See you all later, I have to go vote.

A record number of voters have cast early ballots for a midterm election.

The total number of early votes has topped 16 million, according to one preliminary analysis, and is on track to be slightly shy of the historic number of early ballots cast in the 2008 presidential election.

“It’s going to easily beat any midterm we’ve had,” said Michael McDonald, a George Mason University government professor who has tracked early voting for several election cycles and estimates that 29 percent of midterm votes have been cast in the days and weeks before Election Day.
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13 Responses to Record number of early ballots cast

  1. AliSilver says:

    I voted this morning and in my small town a lot of people were voting. I cannot say it was packed, but it was a LOT of turnout for this place. Last time I voted in an off year election I was the only person voting at the time. Today there were 20 people or so in there with me with a steady stream of folks coming in. :)

  2. Wizcon says:

    I was number 402 at 11 am. That means 1/4 of my township had voted already.

    Sage Reply:

    It was fairly busy at my voting place as well.

    AliSilver Reply:

    @Wizcon, SOrry Wiz, I only thought I lived in a small town. :P

    Wizcon Reply:

    @AliSilver, It’s wide spread but in the middle is a village that has it’s own polling station. Lots of farmland around. I live in a small subdivision by a lake but almost everyday I have time to watch the wildlife. I heard a Great Horned owl screeching (not hooting) on Halloween night. I thought it was a kid in the woods on some kind of prank but it was moving around to fast. Earlier in the day I took a walk on nearby county owned land and saw huge owl pellets.
    Best of 2 worlds I guess. 2 miles to the village.

  3. 2fewfactsaround says:

    When I voted this morning in my small Southern rural area, my polling place was busier at the time I was there than it was 2 years ago for the Presidential election. Unfortunately, I was surrounded by older couples clutching their Republican sample ballots and greeting all their fellow church members. The entire time I was there I didn’t see even one minority person in line to vote.

    A friend, originally from Argentina but who has been an American citizen since the 1970s,votes within our nearest town ( a mighty metropolis of appx. 6500). She called to tell me that the woman Republican poll worker outside her polling place sang “God Bless America” to voters as they entered the polling place. Geez.

  4. AliSilver says:

    Well I so enjoy election night. It’s just so fun AND American. ANd while I almost think voting doesn’t matter and that the thing is pre determined it’s fun to go and be a part of what everyone is being a part of in hopes of making things good for the country we all live in. We did our part. If they all rooked us and elections are rigged, then that’s on them, not us !

    Sage Reply:

    I live close to 2fewfactsaround but vote in a different district and I didn’t see one minority either. Voting was fairly busy for a mid term election.

    I forgot to say that there were problems with the computers at my voting precinct. There were reports that there were problems in VA with computers that wouldn’t register votes for Democrats. Surprise, surprise.

    AliSilver Reply:

    @Sage, I take a paper ballot PERIOD. A few years back I got so frustrated and confused with the idiot machines. I have NO CLUE how a senior citizen can operate one. I think theya re intentionally hard to manipulate. So paper for me !

    AliSilver Reply:

    @AliSilver, AND I’ve heard that some places dont offer paper ballots at all and only electronic. THat is HIGHLY suspicious to me since they are so hard to work.

    Sage Reply:

    We can’t get paper ballots.

    Wizcon Reply:

    @AliSilver, we only have paperballot then a machine that grabs it out of your hand. I think they scan us later because it doesn’t matter if you put it in face up or down.

  5. AliSilver says:

    A funny about the election: I always watch tv with the closed caption on . I don’t ‘hear’ the proper way to pronounce names. I always thought JOHN BOEHNER’s name was pronounced like it looks with a long “O”. :) I still cannot get used to the idea it’s a long “A” sound.

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