Early voting underway in US presidential race

Early voting is expanding. In 1996, according to the US Census Bureau, only 10.5 percent of votes were cast early. By 2012, that figure had risen to one third of all ballots castTens of thousands of Americans have already cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or other candidates well ahead of November’s presidential election, part of an early voting tradition that is gaining popularity. According to professor Michael McDonald, an early voting specialist at the University of Florida, about 130,000 people have already voted — out of 130 million expected voters. Voting booths, for example in county administration offices, are open early with varying degrees of access, in 37 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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