A woman passes a large sign before voting in Minneapolis.
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More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely beneficiary, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide.There are two types of early voting: mailing in ballots and voting in-person before election day. Traditionally, Republicans have done better initially with early mail-in ballots, but Democrats surpass them once in-person voting begins.Though preliminary, data compiled by the Associated Press suggest that advance voting could reach 40 percent of all votes cast nationally – up from 35 percent in 2012 .That's up from 8,326 ballots returned during a similar period in 2012 .While Romney was boosted by older whites who voted early by mail, white voters so far have been down this year, to 82 percent from 86 percent of submitted ballots. Black voters, more likely to cast ballots in person, were higher at 12 percent.Florida doesn't start absentee balloting until Tuesday, but already a record 2.5 million voters have requested ballots. Republicans are ahead in ballot requests, 43 percent to 38 percent.Trump is counting on that district's one electoral vote as part of his narrow path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
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