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1 out of 4 Voters Could Cast Ballots Early

2:25 PM, Oct 20, 2008 • By GARY ANDRES
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A growing number of Americans now cast their ballots early. In 2004, more than one out of five voters (22.5%) cast ballots either through absentee or some other form of early voting. That number is expected to rise even more in 2008--maybe as high as 25% nationally, and in some states, even higher. For example, four years ago, early voting accounted for nearly half of Colorado's turnout (48%) and a third of California's (33%).

George Mason University political scientist Michael McDonald recently started a blog devoted to monitoring and reporting on early voting. As McDonald notes, some states, such as Georgia, have already surpassed their 2004 early voting totals. He presents state-by-state data analyzing 2004 patterns and the early results for 2008 here.