early voting In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes By Tamara Keith • Oct 21, 2014 On the first day for in-person early voting in Illinois, President Obama went to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to cast his ballot. "I'm so glad I can early vote here," he told the elections worker checking him in. Early Voting at Record Level By Lisa Lovello • Oct 31, 2012 Over 340,000 people voted early ahead of the Nov. 6 election. That’s about 12 percent of Louisiana’s 2.9 million registered voters. By comparison, during the last presidential election, a little more than 290,000 voters cast early ballots.