Early voting numbers make history for midterm election


The lines and the crowd signal a major turnout for early voting, and the Nov. 6 Election Day isn't for another two and a half weeks.

One early voter said, "I know some people think you should wait so you're better informed, but it's good to get it checked off. I'd rather vote too early than too late."

Before the polls opened Sunday, Oct. 21, more than 30,000 people had cast a ballot.

This is a record number for a first day, but why not wait?

According to historian Michael Green, the answer is simple.

"The easier it makes it for people to vote, the better," said Green.

Early voting is definitely convenient. Not only are polls open all weekend, but you can vote at any polling station.

Galleria at Sunset, located at 1300 W. Sunset Road, is the busiest, but do voters sacrifice anything by voicing their opinions before the big day?

What if those opinions aren't fully formed? What if voters don't have all the facts?

It happened once, says Green.

"We had an election in 1974," he said. "There was a guy named James Ray Houston. He was a conman and just about on election day, the Sun broke the story. If we had early voting, he may have had a two-week head start."

In modern day Las Vegas, voters hope everyone is informed, or at least interested and involved.

As of 3 p.m. on Sunday, the second day of early voting, there were another 17,000 ballots cast.

If the first weekend is any indication, these midterms will be exciting.

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