Early voting expands statewide: Here’s what you need to know

Early voting expands statewide: Here’s what you need to know

Early voting expands statewide: Here’s what you need to know

The week-long early voting period runs through October 30, except Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.to 6 p.m.at parish registrar of voters' offices and other designated locations.

Early voting is now underway in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties for 14 consecutive days from 7am - 7pm and 13 days in Monroe County.

"Where do I do this, where do I do that?", said Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Craig Latimer.

The first day of early voting and things are busy in the Sedgwick County Elections Office. Since 1800, there have been only three midterms with turnout lower than in the last midterm in 2014, according to figures compiled by Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida. The lady said other people crossed the line to assist voters and were not accosted by Clark.

"Just get out and vote", said student voter Terrence Johnson.

"Oh, I always vote for every election", Gary Ackerman said.

"We had a line at the elections office all day", Land said. "So we're here today".

"The big question, though, is are these new voters or is it just that voting patterns are changing and people would rather vote early than show up on Election Day", said Professor Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey School. But this year they can expect thousands of first time voters to join them.

That number will continue to go up for a few more days. The political battle between incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner and challenger J.B. Pritzker - which has shattered IL spending records - along with four high-stakes House races throughout the state that could tip the balance of power in Congress are also contributing factors influencing voters' decisions to head to the polls this fall, experts said. "Get out and vote", he said. "We're trying to prepare for that to be the case".

"We have seen voter participation up ever since President Obama's election in 2008". In the other states that allow early voting, it can be done in person. State law requires early voting to be located in the same building as the community's election office or, if necessary, another "centrally-located, suitable and convenient public building".

Dallas County was also flirting with surpassing the first-day turnout of 2016 - an unusual feat since turnout in presidential election years is typically higher.

About 15.8 million Texans are registered to vote in this year's midterm elections, according to the Texas Secretary of State's website.

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