"Most people I've talked to in Virginia don't even know they can vote early", he said. Find your early voting location in Bastrop County here. Because total registrations have also spiked (hats off to county voter registrar Bruce Elfant, his team, and hundreds of volunteers), those throngs represent a slight decline in percentage turnout from 2016.
The state's largest counties all had much larger first-day turnout than they did in the previous midterm elections two years ago. But she said the process was relatively smooth once she got inside, with more county election workers than usual to manage high turnout in a heavily Democratic area.
She said voter registration is up this year from 6,257 to 6,519.
Virginia requires voters to choose from a list of sanctioned reasons to vote absentee-a practice some in the General Assembly have sought to change .
No excuse is required to cast a vote early.
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Every city and town in the state has to open at least one location during regular business hours, and some places will have extra locations and extended hours. A registered voter can visit his or her municipal clerk's office (or other designated early voting location) in order to request a ballot; they will need to show an acceptable photo ID.
Cheryl Perry of the Attleboro election office said her numbers were 195 at the end of the day Monday compared to 365 in 2016.
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In Travis County, home to Austin, Tax Assessor Collector Bruce Elfant said on Facebook that more than 36,000 people cast early ballots by 4 p.m. Monday, almost doubling first-day totals from the last midterms in 2014.
The stream of early voters in Hennepin County is steady.
Other states have expanded voting opportunities with the goal of increasing voter turnout.
"I just got out of class", Terrance Johnson, 25, said shortly before 11 a.m.as he left the portion of MDC's library converted into one of Miami-Dade County's 28 early voting sites.
"Early voting is approaching nearly 30 percent of the total votes cast and it's very popular". Pennsylvania is one of just eight states with no early voting.