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Early Voting
Early Voting, a form of “convenience voting” that is defined as access to voting at a time and place at the voter’s choosing, has become increasingly popular over the past three Presidential elections. The 2008 election, in particular, has shown an increase in use of early voting among the nation’s underrepresented citizens.

Thirty-two states provide some form of "no excuse" early voting, whether by mail-in absentee ballots or “Early In-Person” (EIP) ballots, permitting any registered voter to cast an early ballot. More than 50 percent of voters in these states favor early voting. The 2008 Presidential election demonstrated the overwhelming popularity of these policies as one out of every three ballots were cast early.

Until the 2008 Presidential election, EIP didn't increase turnout among underrepresented citizens and was favored among the typical voter who is older, more educated, and wealthier than the general population. The 2008 election, however, marked a significant change in the use of EIP by minority voters: African Americans voted early at a rate that exceeded Whites and Latinos increased their use of EIP to match that of White voters

Time will tell whether the dramatic difference between the data from the 2004-2006 elections on the relationship between race or ethnicity and EIP voting and the preliminary data from the 2008 election is a function of Barack Obama's historic candidacy, or whether, once begun, the 2008 pattern of increased use of EIP by racial and ethnic minorities will continue in future elections.




Policy Paper

Policy Paper. Early Voting. Estelle Rogers. November 2013.

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: "What is Early Voting?" Project Vote, Feb. 2015

Model Bills

Model Bill: Early In-Person Voting. Project Vote, Feb. 2015

Model Bill: No Excuse Absentee Voting. Project Vote and Demos. July 2013


Voting Matters Blog: Early Voting.



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