By The Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — So far more than double the number of people has voted early in Maryland compared to the midterms four years ago.

State election officials told The Baltimore Sun nearly 170,000 people have voted through the first two days of early voting through Friday night. The newspaper says the number of voters each day was more than twice the numbers for the first two days in 2014.

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, center, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, speak with a voter, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Baltimore. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

High early-voting levels are occurring elsewhere, as voters are energized in the current political environment. The top race this fall is for governor between Republican incumbent Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous.

Early voting in Maryland lasts through Nov. 1, with 79 polling stations open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Same-day voter registration is available during early voting but not on Election Day.