Sep 20, 2010 8:36 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Candidates scramble for early votes

It's still six weeks to the midterm elections, but candidates far and wide know the early voters are a prime target. They just differ on how to approach them.

The move away from trekking to the polls on Election Day gained popularity after the contentious 2000 presidential election, producing early voting in at least 33 states.

And it continues to grow. By 2008, about 30 percent of all votes came in ahead of the election, either by mail or in person.

If the numbers are similar this year, that would be a substantial jump from the 20 percent who voted early in the midterms four years ago.

In 1992, by contrast, just 7 percent of ballots came in early.


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