Early voting in Florida surges past 2014 totals

Early voter turnout strong across state

DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats

With Election Day still five days away, the number of voters taking the opportunity to cast their ballot early in Texas has already topped the Lone Star state's entire 2014 turnout.

As of late Wednesday, McDonald's United States Elections Project estimates that 25.5 million Americans had cast early votes.

More than 1.48 million people have voted early, and more than 1.9 million people have voted by mail.

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In just the first week of early voting, election officials say more than 716,000 ballots were cast. Voters can cast ballots at county election board offices where they are registered from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Spokesman Matt Dietrich says this year's numbers are nearly keeping pace with the 2016 election. While that's typical for a nonpresidential year, voters shouldn't underestimate how much the midterm elections can influence state and national policy.

Florida voters are choosing whether their new governor should be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum or former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. Bill Nelson in a race that could determine control of the U.S. Senate.

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