Hope Yen, Author at Colorado Politics

Hope YenHope YenOctober 8, 20169min2890

If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton scores a high note or commits a blunder in Sunday's presidential debate, millions of voters can respond almost immediately. They can fill out a mail-in ballot right away or head to a polling location the next day. Early voting is on the rise in America. More than 45 million people are expected to vote before Election Day, Nov. 8, either by mail-in ballots or going to early-voting stations. Advance voting is underway in nearly half the 50 states, with more to follow. At least 403,000 people have voted already, according to data compiled by The Associated Press. The Clinton campaign is pinning much of its strategy on the early vote, hoping to lock in less-reliable voters. Campaign manager Robby Mook pointed this past week to North Carolina, Florida and Nevada as states where the campaign hopes to build an "insurmountable lead" before Nov. 8 on the way to the 270 electoral votes needed to win.


Hope YenHope YenSeptember 5, 20165min101

Election Day isn't what it used to be. The presidential winner may be all but known by then, thanks to early voting. Beginning Friday, residents in North Carolina can submit absentee mail-in ballots — the first of 37 states and the District Columbia to vote by mail or at polling sites before Nov. 8. Four years ago, about 45.6 million people or 35 percent of the electorate attracted by its convenience voted early, and that number is expected to spike in 2016.


Hope YenHope YenAugust 19, 20169min105

Donald Trump's first-of-its-kind campaign ad begins with a warning: "In Hillary Clinton's America, the system stays rigged against Americans." The commercial, which aired Friday as part of his $5 million swing state ad buy, harkens back to a claim Trump has been hammering for weeks — that the general election is rigged against him. The questionable claim looks to mobilize Republicans, with the all-important start of early voting in some states just weeks away.