What We Know After Two Days Of Early Voting
JMC Analytics releases an analysis of the early voting turnout after two days and finds that over 162,000 people have already voted in the 2016 election. Pollster John Couvillon says he only has one word for the early voter turnout thus far - wow.
“Wow in terms of the fact that not only is there a record turnout, it is substantially higher than it was in two days in 2012,” Couvillon said.
Couvillon believes the voter turnout will be more front-loaded this year. He says he’s not prepared to say there will be a higher overall turnout, he just thinks people are more eager to get it out of the way this year.
“Rather than early voting being 18% of the total like it was in 2012, I’m thinking now 25% to 35% of the vote will be cast the next five days,” Couvillon said.
The report found that more women than men have already voted, and more Democrats early voted than Republicans. Couvillon says the people who turned out in the first two days of early voting seem to be chronic voters.
“Fifty-seven percent of the first day early voters had voted at some point in 2016, which would mean the presidential primary and miscellaneous ta and local elections,” Couvillon said.