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Midterm Elections Quickly Approaching

Allyson Burger

Allyson Burger

Angeliq Rigby, Reporter

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On Tuesday, November 6th, United States citizens over the age of 18 will be able to vote for Congress and governor in the midterm elections. However, registered voters can take part in early voting, which will be held from October 27th to November 3rd 

Various states across the country have noticed an increase in early voters this year. By Monday in Florida, there were over 1 million early voters, and there are currently around 3 million ballots that have already been cast. In Maryland, there was an increase in early voters since the last midterm election in 2014, with the majority coming from Democrats. The number of early Democratic voters went from 291 in 2014, to 1,128 this year, and the number of early Republican voters went from 572 in 2014, to 1410. Nikki Baines Charlson, a deputy administer at the State Board of Education, says: “Since we’ve implemented early voting, we’ve seen the percentage of voters who vote during early voting increase as a percentage of turnout. That’s been our trend, it’s moving Election Day voters to early voting.” From September 1st, to now, the number of early voters in Kansas has increased by about 27,000 since 2014, with around 18,774 people registering to vote in this year’s midterms.  

“FiveThirtyEight” is a website that shows users voting predictions by analyzing polls. When it comes to Florida’s race for senator, the website predicts that Democratic incumbent, Bill Nelson, will have about a 71% chance of winning over current Republican governor, Rick Scott, who has about a 28% chance. For the gubernatorial elections, it is predicted that 133 million people in 26 states will have a Republican governor, while 196 million people in 24 states will be governed by a Democrat. In Florida, the website forecasts that more people will vote for Democrat Andrew Gillum, over his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis.

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