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Early Voting Leaves Some Voters Dissatisfied

Anna Catherine Brigida |
November 4, 2012 | 7:53 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter


"Polling Station" (Creative Commons)
"Polling Station" (Creative Commons)

While millions have already showed up at the polls to cast their vote, early voting has left many dissatisfied with the process this year. 

The process of early voting seeks to alleviate congestion on Election Day and allow those who cannot vote on that day to place their ballot.

In Ohio, early voters were discouraged by the scale back of early voting times.

In Florida, Democrats are seeking more voting hours, but the governor, Republican Rick Scott, refused. 

“Voting is a fundamental right, and we all have an interest in assuring that all Americans have effective opportunities to vote,” said Rod Smith, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party. 

Politico recently released these statistics for the number of early voters and their party affiliation in six key battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio. 

The results of these votes will not be revealed until Election Day.

Florida has the highest early voter turnout so far with 3.9 million people showing up at the polls.

More Democrats than Republicans have showed up at the polls in this state, but not by much. 43 percent of the voters were registered Democrats versus 40 percent Republicans. 

In most of these key states, Democrats have shown up to the polls in much larger numbers than Republicans. The largest disparity is in North Carolina, where there is a 12 percent gap between Democrats and Republicans. 

In 2008, early voters made up 30 percent of the total vote and could be up to 35 percent of the vote this year, reported the Washington Post

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