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Early voting for Nov. 4 election underway


Monday, October 6, 2014

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In a report released today, Vince Vasquez of the National University System Institute for Policy Research projected turnout at 15-19 percent higher than the June primary, which drew only 27 percent of the electorate.
He cited both the two close races, and ballot measures that could bring more moderate and progressive voters to the polls next month.
“There is a chance that an `October surprise’ may shake up the election — exogenous events, late breaking news, as well as candidate-related controversies and allegations may emerge between now and Election Day — with electoral consequences,” Vasquez said. “This is especially true because of the thousands of new and casual voters that are expected to cast their ballots this election are not regular observers of politics and current affairs.”
According to Vasquez, Republicans once held a voter registration advantage of 11,000 in Peters’ district, but that margin has been halved because of fewer GOP voters, a bit more Democrats and an increase of 10,000 who signed up to vote as independents.