35% of the votes cast for president in 2012 were cast before election day via early voting, absentee ballot voting and vote by mail elections. In 2016, 34 states and the District of Columbia offer no excuses early voting, either in person and/or by mail. Three states, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, conduct their elections entirely by mail.
The map below details early voting provisions in each of the states. The states displayed in dark red permit no-excuse early voting; the states shaded in yellow permit in-person absentee voting (an individual must provide a valid reason in order to qualify); the states shaded in dark gray permit neither no-excuse early voting nor in-person absentee voting; the states shaded in light gray conduct all voting by mail.
via NBC News
In terms of who wins, early voting makes a difference. In the past couple of presidential elections, the Democratic Party has benefited the most from early and absentee voting.
via CBS News
A substantial portion of the vote will be cast before Election Day in some key battleground states. Colorado votes virtually all by mail – each registered voter is mailed a ballot. In 2012, 69 percent of the vote was cast early in Nevada, as were half of Florida’s votes.
News stories about early voting, absentee voting and voting by mail
- What to know about early voting for the 2016 election (CBS)
- 2016 Early Voting Underway! (Huffington Post)
- In battleground Iowa, Clinton aims to bank early votes (Washington Post)
- How the rise of early voting is changing campaign tactics (PBS)
- The Election Is in 40 Days. But Hillary Clinton Is Already Working to Bank Votes Now. (Time)
- Clinton campaign urges Florida to max out early voting hours (Miami Herald)
- Motion Seeks to Modify Early Voting Ruling in North Carolina (ABC)
- And So It Begins: Absentee Voting Starts in North Carolina (NBC)
- Early voting begins in Wisconsin’s largest cities (McClatchy)
- More than 8,000 people in Georgia have already voted (AJC)
- Google News
Reference and info on early voting, absentee voting and voting by mail