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Election Day is still two weeks away, but more than 1 million Californians have already cast a ballot.

That's according to vote-by-mail data tracked by Political Data, a firm that provides campaigns and others with voter information. The firm's latest tracking numbers show that county election officials have reported receiving ballots from about 12 percent of the state's 8.3 million residents who vote by mail.

Voting by mail has continued to grow in popularity in California. Almost half of California's 17 million registered voters now opt to receive an absentee ballot.

Political Data has gone beyond counting the number of ballots returned this year. The firm is also tracking the partisan breakdown of the early voters, including using past election performance and political donations to project the leanings of voters who don't declare a party preference. Its latest full report, distributed by firm vice president Paul Mitchell, can be viewed here.


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