Tuesday's election in Washington could mirror 2016 turnout

Arturo Kim
November 7, 2018

Officials said everyone who stayed in line in North Miami was able to cast ballots. Voters had to drop their ballots into boxes instead of being scanned. Most municipal clerks had in-person absentee voting in their offices through Friday, November 2, and a few in bigger cities may have had office hours over the weekend.

"It is almost unprecedented for California to set a voter registration record in a midterm election", Padilla said, according to a press release.

Officials from the BOE say 3,000 more people have registered to vote than in 2016, and say turnout could be as much as 65% of the county.

Fill out a sample ballot: These "practice sheets" can sometimes be available on your county website (it was in my case), but if not, you can find one at Ballotpedia. "Electioneering" is not allowed within 100 feet of the entrance of the polling place.

Keep in mind, if there's a large turnout, voters might be required to wait before casting their ballots. Just show up at a polling center in the county of your residence and register in-person, then vote or take a ballot home.

You'll sign a written statement, in front of an election official at the polling place, saying you are a registered voter and are eligible to vote. Voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote. But we do know that you may have some lingering questions or fears about showing up to the polls.

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Clark County typically has had a lower turnout rate for midterm elections.

In Cape Elizabeth, a line of voters stretched from the high school gym through the hallways and out into the parking lot by 6:30 am., 30 minutes before the polls opened. But if you forget your ID, you're still in luck.

Data miners use that information to tease out what the early vote could mean.

In light of concerns across the country of people being turned away at the polls, Johnson said DeKalb County has a motto of "no voter turned away". It is the second time that voters in the county have had a two-card ballot. "I think it's kind of a crime that it's not".

There is also a contested vacancy in the District 18 Lake County Board seat that has been held by Aaron Lawlor of Vernon Hills, the County Board chairman who announced he was not seeking re-election earlier this year after receiving treatment for an addiction problem. "We're a part of the community and we want to help out any way we can and what better way than to help out parents that need to put their children somewhere and go out and vote".

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