Friday was indeed a strong finale to early voting: nearly 465K people voted in person and by mail in the 15 counties with the most registered voters. That’s 30K fewer than on the last day in 2016 but otherwise higher than any other last day in history. It’s nearly 213K more voters than the last day of early voting in 2014.
Friday was the busiest day during the period for in-person voting, and second overall (including mail ballots) to the first Monday.
In the 15 counties, a total of 4.1M people voted early as of Friday, second only to 2016 (4.5M). It is 2.4M more than in 2014. In fact, the whole early voting period more closely tracked a presidential election than a gubernatorial election.
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