Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals

Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals

More voters are casting their ballots early ahead of the November 6 midterm elections.

More than 307,000 Louisiana residents have voted in advance of next week's election, exceeding the state's early voting turnout for all but presidential election years.

New statistics released Wednesday by the state Division of Elections show registered Republicans still have the edge, casting 1.43 million ballots compared to almost 1.37 million by registered Democrats.

In just the first week of early voting, election officials say more than 716,000 ballots were cast. While that's typical for a nonpresidential year, voters shouldn't underestimate how much the midterm elections can influence state and national policy.

Spokesman Matt Dietrich says this year's numbers are nearly keeping pace with the 2016 election.

Over 3 million people have already voted by mail and returned their ballots, or voted early.

In Illinois, voters are deciding all statewide offices including governor, as well as several competitive congressional and other races. All Washington voters are asked to weigh in on a U.S. Senate race, as well as statewide ballot measures to enact new gun laws and fees on pollution.

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