Early voting begins for November 6 general election

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Students at Florida International University told Local 10 News they like having early voting so close by because they can cast their ballot in between classes without even having to leave campus. Here's what you need to know about voting early in your state.

"Just get out and vote", said student voter Terrence Johnson. And given Houston's Democratic lean, the long lines could bode well for Rep. Beto O'Rourke and his bid to unseat Republican Sen. That's a 30 percent increase over this point in the last midterm election in 2014, which many describe as an outlier because of a weak race for governor.

In Bexar County, The San Antonio Express News reported that as of 4 p.m. Monday more than 24,000 people had voted in person, compared to 13,436 who voted in person first day in 2014.

Alberto Alonso, 64, was one of those true-red voters, saying he followed his normal election-season ritual of voting Republican early at the library. As long as they're postmarked by Election Day, they'll be counted.

She said voter registration is up this year from 6,257 to 6,519.

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The board took the hiring action in order to ensure the safety of the people inside and outside the voting place, Stone said. "Try and get out and vote because, without us, there won't be change without us". Centers are located at accessible facilities with adequate parking and within a convenient driving distance for most voters in the county. But today is the first day of in-person early voting and some South Florida voters camped out overnight to be the first in line to cast their ballots.

"Oh, I always vote for every election", Gary Ackerman said.

Early voting is starting in Maryland.

In Florida, where early voting began in some counties on Monday, almost a million people have already voted via mail-in ballots, according to the Orlando Sun Sentinel. Open to any registered voter, all they have to do is fill out an "early ballot application" with their name, address, and some personal information, and then mail or hand-deliver it to their local election office.

Voting on Election Day has become increasingly less popular with the advent of early voting and mail-in ballots. The first was the 2016 presidential election. For a more detailed look at where, when, and how you can vote in your district, check out the U.S. Vote Foundation.