The Rise of Non-Precinct Place Voting

The Rise of Non-Precinct Place Voting

Recent data from the Census Bureau show that people are increasingly voting outside the traditional polling place, a shift that greatly impacts how election officials prepare and pay for elections.

In 2010, the Census’s Current Population Survey reported:

  • 18.2 percent of respondents voted absentee or by mail
  • 8.4 percent voted early in-person, and
  • 73.4 percent voted on Election Day.

This compares with the last midterm election in 2006, which found:

  • 13.8 percent of respondents voted by mail
  • 5.8 percent early, and
  • 80.4 percent on Election Day.

Additionally, six states saw an increase of more than 10 percentage points in voters returning their ballots by mail from 2006 to 2010: Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, and Washington. In-person early voting grew by more than 10 percentage points in four states during this time frame: Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico and North Carolina.

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