What’s happening in the world as Democrats press for votes

DOJ pressed to reveal Biden’s secret plans to boost voting in 2016

Updated 6:39 AM ET, Wed May 3, 2016

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Democrat Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead in the popular vote across the country

She’s at or near that number in every state

The top candidates are neck-and-neck in Iowa

The Democratic National Committee is looking to press for votes in battleground states like North Carolina and Ohio that are not competitive.

The party is pressing for early voting in six states where it has a commanding lead in voter turnout.

In the remaining five states, the DNC has said that it wants “to encourage participation by offering early voting opportunities to any registered voter in the state.”

The effort is a reaction to what many Democrats believe is a lopsided voter turnout in the 2012 presidential contest between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The DNC has been urging Democrats to volunteer and to fill out early ballots. It has also been encouraging candidates to offer supporters early and absentee ballots in order to build enthusiasm and turnout in states where the candidates are not competitive.

The DNC hopes to build on its recent success in Michigan, where early voting began on Friday, after the party’s former chairman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was forced to leave the state over a scandal involving her handling of leaked emails.

Here’s what you need to know about early voting in the coming months:

Why early voting?

Some Democrats argue that early voting is the only way to prevent Donald Trump’s supporters from being able to vote by mail or by provisional ballots that are counted later by the state. Early voting is also seen as a way to encourage people to vote early.

Early voting allows people to cast a ballot before November 6, without having to show up at their polling site.

It is also a method of reducing the long lines that many people experience during Election Day.

Why now?

The trend that Democrats are hoping to promote is not exactly new.

In 2012, early voting increased by

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