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Questioning the necessity, accuracy, influence of 2016 early voting "results"




Voters line up to vote early at the Supervisor of Elections office on October 24, 2016 in Bradenton, Florida. Early general election voting started in the state of Florida on October 24 and ends on either November 5 or Nov 6.
Voters line up to vote early at the Supervisor of Elections office on October 24, 2016 in Bradenton, Florida. Early general election voting started in the state of Florida on October 24 and ends on either November 5 or Nov 6.
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Predicting the horse race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is getting even more frantic thanks to early voting "results" pouring in from the states.

A handful of states, including battleground Nevada, release the party registration information of voters, making it easier to guess how many voted Democrat versus Republican. Other states release demographic data such as gender, age, and district leaving it to pollsters and politics to draw conclusions. 

How accurate is the data and how could it influence whether and how people vote in the coming days?

Guest:

Christopher J. Galdieri, Assistant Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire