October 18th, 2010
10:23 AM ET
12 years ago

Election underway in more than half the states

(CNN) - Early voting gets underway in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, North Dakota, Texas, and the District of Columbia Monday.

That brings to 27 states plus the District of Columbia where early or state-wide absentee voting is underway in the November 2 midterm elections.

Vermont kicked it off back on Sept. 20. Other states were early voting or state-wide absentee voting is under are Georgia, Maine, South Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, California, Indiana, Montana, Arizona, Illinois, Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Nevada.

Hawaii, Louisiana and Utah allow early voting as of Tuesday, with Oklahoma kicking in on Oct. 29.

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," adds Yoon.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Monster Zero

    November, sweet November...my wish is for a lame duck Kenyan Marxist to be produced and reduced! I cannot wait for the subpoenas to be issued and the official records public. 2/3 is the number they fear, 2/3 is what it takes to oust him on his EAR!

    October 18, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If we could have longer election periods, that could give more people the oppertunity to vote. I just hope that people actually understand that it is their civic responsibliity to vote. To skip voting means that you don't care and you give up your right to complain about the government. I have voted in almost every election that I could; registared to vote when I was 18.

    I would like to have an additional tax for those that don't vote. If you vote, then you could write off a portion of the taxes you pay. I don't know how to set it up, but it would make people think twice about not voting.

    October 18, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    There you go, dems... vote early, vote often, and vote in multiple districts. It's the democratic way!

    October 18, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Pete

    You missed Oregon. All voting in Oregon is by mail. The ballots are being mailed to all voters beginning on Oct. 15 and are due back to elections offices or official collection points by 8:00 PM on Nov. 2.

    October 18, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. gt

    the beginning of the end....

    October 18, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. PalmReader

    Early voting hasn't exactly gotten off to the start the GOPers were hoping for, either. Far as I can determine, the GOPers canvassing ground game hasn't gotten off at all. Don't count on a victory just yet, GOPers. While I agree that your internet followers have been vocal, how many actually vote is yet to be determined.

    October 18, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. 15 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    I wonder if all this early voting opens the process up to more corruption? When are these counted? Where are they stored? Where are they stored? Can they be lost or stolen, thus never counted? Can they be packed with bogus ballots? A few absentee ballots is one thing but when massive numbers of votes are done this way, more questions need to be asked.

    October 18, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Independant Thinker

    You guys are missing the fact that Washington voters are voting as well. We all got our ballots in the mail on Saturday. Our ENTIRE State is a "Vote By Mail" election and it's well under way. Catch up, Guys......

    October 18, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. John Kauffman

    In Oregon, we received our ballots by mail on Friday, October 15. My wife, daughter and I have returned our voted ballots. We expect to get no robo calls nor junk political mail.

    October 18, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. NoCountryLeftForKids

    I am not happy with either Democrat or Republicans. The Republicans started acted like Dems and went on a spending-spree. They got voted out for it! The Dems came in and drove spending off Mt Everest. How stupid to think the Dems would not spend?

    America, cannot stay the course this Admin and the Democrat filibusterproof-controlled Congress direction. We have to kick the Dems out.

    Here is why. The Dems did not care about the economy during the financial crisis. Stimulus was a bailout of their Union cronies and is an utter failure. Instead the Dems used this financial crisis to pass their legislative agenda which further damaged the recovery and economy. This is the most vile, abuse of power ever. People are hurting and the Dems only cared about their ideology. As Rahm said never let a good crisis go to waste. Well Dems, now its time to pay for your dereliction of duty! I

    October 18, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Mitchell

    We started early voting this week in Texas and its going to be a family affair. Two weeks and we can start moving forward to getting our country back on track. Our loser loser Congress will actually have a budget this year and they can vote on tax policy which is a joke they did not even have the balls to do that before the election.

    October 18, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. NoCountryLeftForKids

    Americans, don't u remember standing in the unemployment lines, or loosing your job, home and life savings while the Dems spend a year debating the healthcare Bill? While you were screaming do something about jobs we don't want this h/c cram down!!, the Dems said 'nope we cannot let a good crisis go to waste. no jobs but here is more food stamps and unemployment checks, go stimulate the economy' (Pelosi's words). It was live off us, vote for us and keeping living off us.
    Next, they went on to Crap & Trade. Do u remember what they did while the economy got worse on their watch? Do u remember the elitist, blatant disregard for the people who put them there attitude?
    Kick them out!

    October 18, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. NVa Native

    It's real simple the Dems get a big boost from all the small donors, the individual people of our country kicking $5-$10-$20 out of their hard earned family budgets in these hard times.
    The Repubs pull in huge undisclosed money (.ie. $75 million from US Chamber of Commerce from foreign and domestic corporations) like fox media, Koch Bros., etc. through corporations who are raking in huge amounts of profit, Wall Street, Oil Companies, etc., in these hard times by cutting jobs, hoarding money reserves, and basically making huge profits off of the individual people of our country.

    So it's real clear as to who will be working for the benefit of the individual people of our country. If you look at in honest and direct terms It's real simple the only choice for the individual people of our country is the Dems. If you want to have very wealthy people and corporations running our country vote for the Repubs. Historically that's what we had under Bush/Cheney regime including the Repubs controlling Congress starting in the late 90s. Right about when the economic decline of the middle class started.

    October 18, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Please Vote Republican So More People From Chine, India and the Phillipines Can Take Our Jobs

    How about Joe Miller (Tea-Party-Alaska) Using his Own Private Security Forces to Handcuff a reporter. The Far Right Wing Loves It When You Can Shut Up The Media.

    October 18, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Monster Zero

    Listen, do not forget the the Republicans screwed middle class America just as bad as the Spendocrats, the problem is career lawyers in politics, corporate influence on how we function, a corrupted and bastardized two party system that fails to enforce our regulations and laws to promote illegal activities in the best interest of their political donors. America's citizenry needs to do the dressing down of our Congress with their votes however what Barrack Obama, Reid, Clinton and Pelosi have orchestrated over the last years within the Democratic party equates to treason in my view. There is only one way to vote in November should we wish to restore our Nation to a government for the people, and that is Republican, back to the basic concepts and once Republicans and Conservatism control comes true, then we the people go to work on what and how they are supposed to serve us, the people that pay them for their services!

    October 18, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. stufthis

    Votre Democratic! Don't vote for the republicans who are hell bent on destroying our country by shipping jobs overseas, attacking our seniors, extending the unfunded Bush tax cuts, refusing to support health reform, failing to help GI's and the VA, and promising to repeal all safe guards so that big oil, big banks Wall Street are free to cause a great depression. I would hope that Americans will vote to help Americans, not to help foreign governments where the GOP gets their funding..

    October 18, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. 15 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    The country's survival is dependent on throwing out as many socialist/Progressive/leftist DemocRATS as possible. The disaster of them controlling Congress for the last 4 years and the Whitehouse for the last 2 years is without precedent. They are driving this country into bankruptcy with their endless and relentless push for more and more entitlement programs and goverment control over every aspect of our lives.

    These Socialist politicians have quadrupled their damage to this country wil their appointment of leftists to the Supreme Court. They have given us decisions that allow cities to take private property to give it to developers because they will pay more taxes after the peoples homes are torn down and a shopping mall is erected.

    The damage MUST be stopped in November. Our childrens future depends on it.

    October 18, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. chris

    Its over democrats, its over

    October 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |