States setting early turnout records ahead of Election Day

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The campaign trail is heating up as Election Day draws closer and that means more and more people are turning to mail in and early voting.

In Rockford, 6,735 votes had been cast through noon Thursday, said Stacy Bixby, executive director of the Rockford Board of Elections.

Voters cast ballots during the early voting period in Atlanta, Georgia on October 18, 2018.

Because of the nature of postal delivery, Toulouse Oliver encourages any voter who is considering making an absentee ballot request today to consider voting in-person during early voting hours on Friday or Saturday or to vote in-person on Tuesday.

The sites will be open 8 a.m.to 1 p.m.

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Locations to vote in Wylie are First Baptist Church, 100 N. First Street; Smith Library, 300 Country Club Road; and Southfork Mobile Home Park, 216 Southfork Blvd.

"It is fantastic that over 881,715 Oregonians have already turned in their ballots", said Secretary of State Richardson.

"Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud", wrote Minkler.

At least 28 states have surpassed their 2014 early votes.

Third party and no party affiliated voters make up almost 547,000 vote-by-mail and early voting ballots.

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Drawing on her years of military experience, Maureen Heard was careful to follow all the rules when she filled out an absentee ballot for the 2016 election. They also worry about low turnout among Hispanics, who represent 60 percent of Dodge City's population.

Early voting turnout is up across all demographics but most significantly among the youth vote, a Democratic stronghold.

Election officials previously reported a surge in voter registration to record levels.

If you do not have a photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one by Election Day, you can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at the polls and provide supporting documentation. The county Clerk's Office will post the final mail-in ballot results as they are received from the Board of Elections. About half of those new voters were newly registered.

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