Both Clinton and Trump have highlighted early voting statistics that suggest their campaigns are performing well relative to the 2012 campaigns of Obama and Romney. That said, new statistics presented by the New York Times on early voting in several states seem to reveal some devastating trends for team Hillary.
As background, early voting has grown substantially over the past 2 decades and now accounts for roughly one-third of all votes cast.
More states are offering early voting, Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida, said. ‘Once a state adopts early voting, more people vote early as a part of their election regimen,’ he said. The modern resurgence of early voting can be traced to 1980, when California lifted a requirement that voters must have an excuse to vote early. Other states in the West followed. In 1996, Southern states like Florida, Tennessee and Texas began to allow in-person early voting in special satellite polling locations.
Another landmark year in early voting was 2001, when a legal challenge was brought against Oregon’s early voting laws. The decision in that case, Voting Integrity Project v. Keisling, set a precedent mandating that early voting should be allowed, as long as votes were not officially counted before Election Day.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 31, 2016.