Which groups are voting in larger numbers so far in Baldwin County?
Roughly 1-in-6 registered voters in Baldwin County have already made their decisions and cast their ballots for next month's general election.
As of Tuesday evening, a total of 3,985 "early votes" had been recorded here in Baldwin County, with another 533 absentee ballots approved and recorded.
Early voting is through the roof here in Baldwin County and many other parts of the state. The number of early votes in Baldwin County – 3,985 – already is approaching the roughly 4,300 early votes cast during the 2018 midterm election.
Per usual, the older crowd is voting in much higher numbers than everyone else. Local voters 50-and-above have accounted for 83.6 percent of the ballots cast so far in Baldwin County, while voters 18-49 make up a mere 16.4 percent. This is quite the disparity, as overall the 50-and-up crowd represents roughly 53 percent of the eligible votes in Baldwin County.
In terms of turnout by race, there aren't any real discernible trends. White voters have accounted for 54.5 percent of the votes so far in Baldwin County and African-Americans 40.9 percent. Overall, white residents are 51.7 percent of the registered voters and African-Americans 40.2 percent here in Baldwin County.
Here's the remainder of your general election voting calendar:
• Friday, Oct. 28 – This is your last day to mail in an absentee ballot, if that's how you are choosing to vote this cycle. However, it's technically not the last day to "turn in" an absentee ballot. In other words, voters can drop off an absentee ballot in the "ballotdrop box" in front of the courthouse all the way up to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, which is election day. It's very important that you fill in your driver's license number in the appropriate box and also your birthday in the appropriate box. Also, don't forget to give your signature in the proper line at the bottom of the ballot. These are the three most common mistakes that absentee voters make. So, if you want to make sure that your vote counts, pay close attention to the absentee ballot and don't forget to give your signature at the bottom.
• Saturday, Oct. 29 – This is the second of three "Saturday voting days." The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 30 – no "Sunday voting" on this day
• Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 4 – This is the third and final full week of early voting. The hours are 9-6.
• Saturday, Nov. 5 – This is the third and final "Saturday voting days." The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Voting day! All Baldwin County precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.