Nearly 7.3 million votes have already been cast in 39 states, according to data from election officials Edison Research and Catalist. Early voting remains on pace for 2018, the highest midterm voter turnout in recent history in states for which Catalist has data for both cycles.
However, it is still too early to say whether total voter participation will exceed that of 2018, as voting habits may have changed significantly in recent years.
Florida, home to the gubernatorial and Senate races this year, had the most votes of any of the 39 states, with more than a million pre-election votes cast. Georgia, a battleground state with one of the most competitive Senate races this cycle, had more than 800,000 votes.
Black voters in Georgia have cast more pre-election votes in 2020 and 2018 than at this point in the cycle, according to data from Catalist, a company that provides data, analysis and other services to Democrats, academics and advocacy nonprofits. organization and is giving instructions on who will vote before November.
This time, black voters in the Peach State made up 35% of their share of the pre-election vote. At this point in the 2020 cycle, they made up 33% of the vote, and 32% in 2018. White voters in Georgia are advancing their share of voting in 2020, but less than their 2018 share. At this point in 2020, White Georgia voters have cast 60% of their pre-election votes. At this time in 2018, 64% were thrown.
In Pennsylvania, black voters make up a significantly smaller share of the primary electorate in 2020 than they do at this point in the cycle. In the Keystone State, 88% of the votes came from white voters, while only 7% came from white voters. from black voters. Two years ago at this time, white voters made up 81% of the pre-election vote, and blacks 13%.
Black voters in Michigan have also cast a smaller share of pre-election votes than they did two years ago, but the drop is not as dramatic.
Black Michigan voters cast 10 percent of the primary ballot this year, while white voters cast 86 percent.
At this point in 2020, black voters voted 12% to 83% of white voters, and in 2018 black voters voted 9% to 88% of white voters.