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Dallas County's early voting numbers close in on 2016 presidential election count

Early voter turnout strong across state DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats
Theresa Hayes | 03 November, 2018, 05:26

With a week to go before Election Day more than 3 million voters have already cast ballots in the battleground state of Florida.

State data shows 10 percent of Louisiana's almost 3 million voters cast ballots in the weeklong early voting period that ended Tuesday, in races for secretary of state, six U.S. House seats and other positions.

It's about 2,600 fewer people than the number who voted in the first seven days of early voting in 2016, when higher turnout is expected.

Still, statewide, the overall percentage of ballots returned six days before the election was lagging where it was two years ago, according to the Office of the Secretary of State.

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

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

Voter turnout in the 2018 midterms looks set to smash records. In Chelan and Kittitas counties, for instance, voters appear to be turning out in force to choose who will replace U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, who is retiring from his 8th Congressional District seat. Bill Nelson in a race that could determine control of the U.S. Senate.