District of Columbia elections officials estimate more than 52,000 residents voted early for this year's election.
Officials tell the Associated Press that the number represents more than 10 percent of the district's registered voters (472,390 as of September 30). And election officials say that is more than double the number of early voters in the September 2010 primary, when early voting was first allowed for any reason.
Early voting began in D.C. on October 22 and continued through this past Saturday. The second week of early voting was carried out amidst long lines, a lack of working voting machines, and extended hours brought about by the disruption of Hurricane Sandy.
Lines to vote early in Ward 8 October 27. Photo courtesy Tom Sherwood.
In addition to the Presidential race, voters in the District will also choose two At-Large Members of the D.C. Council, as well as Councilmembers for Wards 2,4,7, and 8. A special election will also be held to determine the new Council Chairman.
For a full list of D.C. elections, check out the Board of Elections & Ethics' official website.