The historic use of absentee ballots cast in Tuesday’s Primary Election led to results coming in much faster. Secretary of State Steve Simon explains why:

“Election administrators had 14 days from the start of the election…so 14 days ago they could start opening those envelopes and processing them. So they got a head start on those and that was a bigger share of the votes — so they got ahead start on what was a larger percentage of the vote.”

More than 500,000 people had already cast ballots by mail, surpassing the entire turnout of nearly 295,000 voters in the 2016 primary election.