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Kendall early voting totals already top 2014 numbers

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When early voting started strong two weeks ago, Stewart said she and the election commissioners expected the numbers to taper off.

The Gilmer County Elections office reported a record-setting first day of early voting.

The 2014 midterms saw 12,938,596 total votes cast with six days before the elections, compared to 24,024,621 total votes cast by Wednesday.

A poll released Monday by the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government found that 40 percent of young voters plan to vote in the midterms, with 66 percent of them saying they plan to vote for a Democratic candidate.

It's one thing to see Virginia more than doubling its 2014 early turnout.

More than 16 percent of voters to date have Spanish surnames, a higher share than in any previous midterm election. The state has settled firmly into Republican-dominated territory.

The trend also is raising concerns about whether voters can be assured their ballots will count or be notified in time if there is a problem.

In that election, St. Johns County Republicans turned out more than 62 percent, or 52,208, of their registered voters. They also worry about low turnout among Hispanics, who represent 60 percent of Dodge City's population.

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In Illinois, voters are deciding all statewide offices including governor, as well as several competitive congressional and other races.

If average turnout on Friday comes in at around 60,500, the county could come close to or exceed 1 million ballots cast by the end of the election. There are crossover voters, even in this hyperpartisan era.

The state's top race is to replace term-limited GOP Gov. Mary Fallin.

For voters who are registered to vote in another county but can not make it back home to vote, an option to vote only in statewide elections is available at the Brazos County Elections Administration Office. There are now 30,524 active registered voters in the city and 78,253 in the county.

Obviously, the interest in 2018 has far exceeded the interest of the 2014 election, the last time Republicans were said to have won big.

Voter turnout in Tuesday's General Election could range anywhere from 30 to 50 percent, according to predictions from local county clerks. Along with all the traditional absentee voters, well over 1.7 million people had voted as of Friday.

- Some voters in Barton County, Kansas, will have to travel 18 miles to get to their nearest polling site after officials cut the number of voting locations from 23 during the state primary to 11 for Tuesday's general election.

- Voters in Missouri who do not bring a valid photo ID to the polls will not have to sign a sworn statement after a state judge set aside that requirement. "We'll need more parking and more people working".

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