What is less clear is whether the relatively new practice helps Democrats or Republicans more. Still, candidates and officials in both parties are experimenting with strategies to grab as many early votes as possible.
That doesn't mean buses of supporters rolling up to election offices -- at least not yet -- but many early voters report getting "robocalls" from candidates, automated messages urging them to vote before Election Day, and plenty of fliers in their mailboxes.
Candidates ranging from the two well-known men vying for governor to those running for local county offices have used Facebook and Twitter to send supporters messages about voting early.
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