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How early voting may swing Super Tuesday results

Some states have allowed primary votes to be cast as long as a month ago. In California, for example, up to half of all primary votes may be cast early.

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Illinois's primary – along with those of 21 other states – is this Tuesday. But Lou Smith and Sam Sirko cast their votes for Sen. Barack Obama a week ago, during a three-week period in which Illinois offers early in-person voting.

While Mr. Sirko says his choice was made some time ago, Mr.. Smith only decided recently. "I was more teetering," says Smith, a physical therapist. The New Hampshire and South Carolina campaigns were what "really turned me off to Clinton."

In a primary season in which momentum and timing are coveted, it can be hard for candidates to know when to target certain voters. Thirty-four states now offer some form of no-excuse early or absentee voting, including about half of the Super Tuesday states. In delegate-rich California, half of all primary votes may be cast by mail the month before Feb. 5.

"It's no longer just election day, it's 'election weeks,'" says Paul Gronke, director of the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College in Portland, Ore.


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