-- by Tom Bonier, for Medium.com:
Last week TargetSmart launched TargetEarly, a one-stop interactive dashboard of early vote data for 42 states. So far in 2018, over 22 million people have already voted with 6 days until election day. By comparison in the 2014 midterms, just over 83 million people voted in total. While early vote has consistently increased over the last decade, early indications are that we’re seeing more than an incremental increase in voter participation this cycle.
An analysis of TargetEarly’s data finds that with one week until the 2018 midterm elections, the surge in early vote among nearly all demographics — especially among young people and people of color — compared to the 2014 midterm elections reveals the intensity and enthusiasm surrounding this election and underscores how traditionally Republican-leaning states are emerging as new battlegrounds.