PHOENIX — Maricopa County has already surpassed its previous early voting record, with more than 900,000 early votes cast since October 7.
Thursday, 48 new vote centers opened across the valley, leading to more than 11,000 votes cast-in person in one day.
Maricopa County data show more Democrats have cast their ballots so far this election season than registered Republican voters. Nearly 324,000 Republicans have voted early to date, versus nearly 379,000 registered Democrats.
Another 225,000 voters have cast their ballots, including voters with no party affiliation.
More than 45% of voters on the permanent early voting list have returned their early ballots to date.
County election officials say their office has already signature verified and counted more than 837,000 ballots.
That number largely surpasses previous elections.
By this time in 2018, Maricopa County had counted nearly 487,000 ballots. In 2016, about 552,000.