On Wednesday in Tennessee, the first day of early voting for the midterm election in that state, 120,893 people voted. The tally includes absentee-by-mail votes collected that day and votes made at nursing homes, according to The Tennessean.
More than 143,000 Tennessee residents voted early in the 2016 presidential election.
Historically, far more people vote in a general election than in midterm elections.
Does your state allow early voting? Here are the states that do and the states that do not.
No early voting: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania
Here is a breakdown of early voting by month:
States that started voting in September: Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming
States that start voting in October: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado (votes are cast by mail), District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois (via absentee ballot submitted in person), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon (by mail), Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Washington (by mail), Wisconsin (absentee ballot by mail)
States that start voting in November.: Oklahoma
If you have questions about early voting, click here to see your state's law governing early voting.
What does it mean to vote absentee?
An absentee ballot is a vote cast by someone who is unable to vote in person at a polling place. In some states, an excuse is needed to get an absentee ballot. Other states do not require an excuse for an absentee ballot.
Are early votes counted early?
No, early votes are counted on Election Day.
Does one party get more benefit from early voting?
Michael McDonald, an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida, says Democrats generally benefit from early in-person voting. Republicans benefit from mailed-in ballots and those who vote on Election Day.