The New York Times is reporting that absentee and early voting in 18 states and Washington, D.C. for this year’s midterm elections have already surpassed the total votes cast in the 2014 midterms.
Midterm elections tend to attract lower turnout than presidential contests; in 2016, more than 47 million votes were cast early, compared to 27 million in 2014. Yet this year’s advance vote count — which measures both absentee ballots and in-person early voting — has already exceeded the count from four years ago.
Thirty-seven states and Washington permit some form of early voting, with policies and deadlines varying by state. Most of these states also allow absentee voting.
In some cases, the voting is getting close to the levels of the 2016 presidential election.
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