>> It's election day today. But in Florida, half of the registered voters had cast their ballots by Sunday, a record early turnout. That surge isn't limited to the Sunshine State. In North Carolina, Nevada, Texas and several other states, early voter turnouts have hit record highs as over 46 million Americans have voted early according to 1 estimate.
Reuters' Luciana Lopez is in Miami.>> Early and absentee voting, have been gaining in popularity in recent years with voters and the Democrats are looking to seize the advantage. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, is a specialist when it comes to crunching data. And she's made an early, get out the vote push, a major part of her campaign.
>> A huge grass roots push is behind the early voter turnout. And of the early voters his panic voters have made biggest advance.>> So you seem this the campaign making the liberate decisions to invest in people that look like the community to really work, to educate and empower said communities.
>> According to at least one study on early voting, the longer period helps get minority voters to the polls. That's at least partly because many of them are lower income and may have difficulty getting away from work on Election Day. But large minority turnout generally helps democrats. That's made the whole thing contentious, the party has been fighting in some republican dominated states, where local legislatures have tried to curtail the early voting period.
In battleground State North Carolina, 9 counties that had Sunday voting in 2012, eliminated or shortened those voting opportunities this year. A key day for African-Americans, who generally vote after church services. The result, African-American early voter turnout there dropped by nearly 9% compared with 2012. Still, it's not clear how much of an impact it will have once all the votes are counted.
But according to some political scientists one thing's for sure, both parties will be closely examining early voting periods to figure out how to get a head start in the next election.