2016 November General Election Early Voting
Early voting statistics for the 2016 general election. Some data provided here courtesy of the Associated Press Election Research Group. All errors are mine.
Total number of ballots cast in all reporting jurisdictions: 47,015,596
Scroll down for a table of statistics on ballots returned and ballots requested or sent. This table has the most current tally of total returned ballots.
- The National Association of Secretaries of States maintains a handy calendar that tracks the mail balloting and in-person early voting dates.
- As an estimate of the number of absentee ballot requests that will eventually become ballots returned by voter, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission reports in their 2012 Election Day Survey (p. 36) that about 83.5% of all requested domestic mail ballots were returned. Return rates vary among states and localities.
- For comparison, see the 2012 early vote statistics.
About These Statistics
- I post snap analysis and charts of early voting statistics on my Twitter feed @ElectProject.
- Election officials may not report early voting statistics. I attempt to collect as much of the information about these ballots as possible. However, I do not hound election officials for these statistics because they are busy doing the important work of preparing for the upcoming election. Sometimes data will be available only at the local level. I cannot continuously scan for local data, so I appreciate tips on where to find data.
- Note there are two tabs to the spreadsheet. The first tab reports summary absentee ballot statistics and has a link to the primary source, if available. Also on the first tab are detailed statistics for absentee ballots returned or accepted (depending on how a state or locality defines their ballots). On the second tab are detailed statistics for requested or sent absentee ballots (again, depending on how a state or locality defines their ballots).
- Some states may report early voting statistics by party registration (if a state has party registration), race, gender, and age. It is important to understand breakdowns of early voters by party registration are not votes. We do not know who a person registered with a party voted for. Early votes are tabulated on Election Day or after, depending if a state accepts mail ballots postmarked on Election Day. That said, we might infer that a person registered with a party is likely to support their party's presidential nominee.
Direct link to spreadsheet.
If you want a copy of these data for your use, please navigate to the tab you want, select all (Ctrl-A on most computers), copy (Ctrl-C), and paste (Ctrl-V) into your local spreadsheet. I ignore all requests for access to the Google Doc spreadsheet.