Early Voting Results Equal for Both Candidates So Far, Poll Shows

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | October 24, 2008 | 12:20 PM EDT

A voter fills out his absentee ballot during early voting Oct. 23, 2008 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

(CNSNews.com) – Eleven percent of registered voters have voted for president early as of Wednesday night, and so far, equal percentages of Barack Obama and John McCain supporters have voted, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.
Another 19 percent of registered voters say they plan to vote before Election Day, leaving seven out of 10 voters who plan to go to the polls on Election Day.
The percentage of early voters has increased from seven percent in the Friday through Sunday polling to 11 percent in the Monday through Wednesday polling.
The pace of early voting appears to be on par with the last presidential election.
At this time during the 2004 presidential election cycle – Oct. 22-24 – nine percent of registered voters said they voted early. In that very same poll, only an additional 13 percent said they intended to vote early, compared to 19 percent who say they will vote early in this year’s Oct. 22-24 average.
The poll was conducted Oct. 20-22, based on a sample of 2,717 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.