October 7th, 2010
08:49 AM ET
12 years ago

Election already underway in 10 states

(CNN) - Early voting gets underway in Arizona Thursday. The state becomes the tenth in the nation where early or state-wide absentee voting is underway in the November 2 midterm elections.

Vermont kicked it off back on Sept. 20, followed by South Dakota on Sept. 21, Iowa and Wyoming on Sept. 23, Nebraska on Sept. 27, Ohio on September 28, Wisconsin on October 3, and California and Indiana on Oct. 4.

Early voting gets underway in another 17 states and the District of Columbia over the next two weeks.

In 2008, there were 27 states where at least a quarter of the voters cast their ballots before Election Day, either through absentee voting or early voting. And there were 11 states where more than half of voters cast their ballots before election day.

As early voting has exploded over the past few election cycles, it's changed the game for both voters and campaign strategists.

"Early voting has grown in popularity, with more voters in more states casting ballots before Election Day. It's really changed the decision calculus behind elections for both candidates and voters. It can be a double-edged sword," says CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon.

"For the campaigns, if someone casts an early ballot for you, it's like money in the bank. But if they vote against you, that's a lost vote that no amount of TV ads or baby-kissing can change. For voters, you just have to hope that the candidate you voted for back in September is still the candidate you want on November 2nd," Yoon also said.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Be careful what you wish for!

    October 7, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. GI Joe

    I'm saying NO tio the party of NO at all levels of Government. The obstructionists have made me so angry I will NOT change my mind ! I'm voting straight DEM to move our country forward in small steps instead of back to the 30s in one giant blow.

    October 7, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. Clwyd

    Come on America show how intelligent you are and don't vote for these right wing crazies the repulsive republicans or Party Of No are running for office. They have avoided the media for weeks as they are ignorant of what they say and do. We don't need them to be given a second chance to financially ruin our country that they came so close to doing under the 8 years of bush!

    October 7, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. diridi

    go and vote for Democrats....GOP thugs want to repeal health care legislation. These GOP thugs do not know what is lacking health insurance. Because, these GOP thugs are covered by Government. They even want to lower the Minimum Wage....GOP are full of thugs, and criminals....they need to be investigated by IRS on Tax evasion.....they are doing on HSBC idiots...good luck...vote for any Democrat, nation is befitted...

    October 7, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Johnny

    GOP does not like early voting. They want to make it as hard as possible for the middle and lower class to vote. Go Dems. get out and vote. Economy is recovering and the Tea/Gop party is hoping for doom and gloom.....They are a hateful bunch....

    October 7, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Eric

    Headline translation: Dems get early start on losing election, in spite of rampant ACORN voter fraud.

    October 7, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. America Shrugged

    Why on earth would voting be done 6 weeks in advance of the Election? Something about that I don't trust. Too much time to mess with results.

    October 7, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |