Three days ahead of the November 3 election, a record number of 92 million Americans have already cast their ballots.
According to data from the nonpartisan US Elections Project, the “historic” early vote turnout was already 67% of the 139 million votes in the 2016 presidential elections.
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Of the said count, almost 59 million Americans submitted their ballots by mail due to the risk of the coronavirus, while 33 million others joined the early in-person voting to cast their votes.
In Texas alone, 9.6 million voters have already cast their ballots, surpassing the 8.9 million turnout in the previous presidential election.
In New York, close to a million Americans already turned in for early voting.
The US Elections Project said 45% of those who already voted are Democrats (20.5 million voters), while 30% were Republicans (13.6 million). Meanwhile, American voters with no party affiliation make up 23% of the early voter turnout at 10.5 million.
There are still 32 million outstanding mail ballots: 8.4 million (Democrats), 5.9 million (Republicans) and 8.3 million from those without party affiliation.
It said that the country is now on-track to record the highest voter turnout in a century.
So far, 16 states have already seen over 50% of their registered voters cast their ballots ahead of Election Day and 36 states also reportedly surpassed their halfway marks for total ballots cast in the 2016 presidential election including the key states of Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota and Texas.
The early voting turnout already represents 43% of the registered voters nationwide, according to reports citing a survey made with election officials.
While it’s too early to tell how the early voter turnout will impact the number on Election Day, various media have cited the apparent voter enthusiasm despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
For reference, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had an early voting edge against President Trump four years ago which was surpassed on Election Day.
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