WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - According to NBC News, more than 35 million Americans cast their 2018 votes early nationwide. That’s 15 million more Americans who participated in early voting than during the 2014 midterm elections.
“I don’t see this,” said Art Tinoco, an assistant registrar in Riverside, California. “I see this more during a presidential election. So, this is great, again, to see that people are coming out and actually voting on a Monday. That’s extremely unusual.”
According to the United States Elections Project, some of the states with the highest turnout include Minnesota with a 129-percent increase in comparison to the 2014 midterm, Texas with 136 percent, New Jersey with 287.2 percent, Utah with 322.3 percent, and Massachusetts with at least a 324-percent increase.
In such a polarized political climate, it’s hard to predict who will benefit from the high turnout until all the votes are counted.
The last time eligible voter turnout exceeded 50 percent in a midterm election was 1914. So far, at 46 percent, it's expected 2018 will hold the new record.