City, Town Clerks: Absentee Ballot Numbers Suggest Possible Record Turnout

Nov 6, 2018

Absentee ballots for the 2018 midterm suggest high turnout at the polls.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Some town and city clerks in New Hampshire are expecting big voter turnouts today because of the higher-than-average numbers of absentee ballots they've received.

They say the numbers are above what they usually see for midterm elections, and a bit below what they see during presidential elections, which is usually between 60 to 70 percent.

In Manchester, City Clerk Matthew Normand says absentee ballot numbers are the highest for a midterm in at least 35 years, if not ever.

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Since New Hampshire doesn’t have early voting, Normand says absentee ballots are the best number he has to predict numbers at the polls on election day.

“The high absentee numbers would suggest a high turnout," he says. "People are engaged with this election.”

Normand says absentee voters tend to be college students or older and disabled voters who can’t easily get to the polls.