The number of early votes cast in the Washington, D.C., region looks to be a good indicator of the turnout for the presidential election on Tuesday.
But Michael Fauntroy, a political analyst at George Mason University, said the large number of early voters appeared to have caught voting officials off guard.
"I went to early voting on Friday and it was clear to me that the organizers weren't prepared for the turnout . . . I ended up waiting in line," Fauntroy said.
Reports from the weekend, that drew tallies from in-person and mailed absentee voting in the District and nearby Maryland suburbs, state that nearly 1 million people have already voted for president.
According to one of the local news outlets, 430,573 people voted early in Maryland, while in Virginia, 363,225 people voted absentee either in person or by mail. In the District, 52,000 residents were counted as early voters.
"I believe that much of the turnout came from the convenience of not having to vote on a work day," said Fauntroy. "More people now know about early voting and can fit it into their schedule, making it less of problem."
According to the District Board of Elections and Ethics, there are more than 400,000 registered voters in D.C.
During the General Election on Tuesday, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Voters will cast their choices for:
•President and Vice President of the United States
•Delegate to the US House of Representatives
•At-Large Member of the Council
•Ward Member of the DC Council for Wards 2, 4, 7 & 8
•At-Large Member of the State Board of Education
•Ward Member of the State Board of Education Wards 2, 4, 7 & 8
•Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner
•Proposed Charter Amendment(s)
Special Election •Chairman of the Council
Sample Ballots [PDF Format] - All ballots for the November 2012 general election are 2 sided. The second side is identical for all wards.
Wards 1, 3, 5, 6
Side 2 of ballot (all wards)
Source: DC Board of Elections and Ethics