More than one million Americans have already voted in the 2020 presidential election, the highest number of votes cast during this period in U.S. history.
The unprecedented wave is driven by new state laws designed to help people vote safely during the coronavirus pandemic, according to election observers, a clear sign that the crisis is changing the way people cast their ballots.
The numbers also suggest that voter interest is higher than usual in one of the most divisive and polarized elections in generations.
“We have never seen so many people vote so far before a presidential election before. We are in an unknown area, ”says Michael McDonald, professor of political science at the University of Florida The independent.
Sir. McDonald noted that only 9,525 people had voted at the same time in 201
The record numbers come after many states changed their laws to make it easier to vote during the pandemic. This included extending mail-in voting measures and early personal voting.
A total of 1,012,211 ballots have already been cast in 13 states, according to the latest figures.
Virginia, which passed a new law allowing early personal voting, has seen the highest number of votes cast at 287,000. North Carolina and Wisconsin follow close behind, 248,000 and 238,000, respectively.
The victim [of early voting] is important. It would not be possible for people to vote if there were no options for people at the moment. It is a supply and demand equation, ”said Mr McDonald, an election expert who monitors the number of early polls from each state.
But he added that voter interest plays a role: “There is also a clear requirement to vote early, where people cast their ballots at the first opportunity.”
However, the numbers do not give any indication of who will win the race. Democrats tend to vote early and are thus overrepresented in preliminary figures. Republicans tend to show up in higher numbers on election day.
The coronavirus pandemic had led to a dramatic increase in the number of people requesting a vote this year, as many appear to be staying home on election day.
According to a recent survey, more than a third of Americans plan to vote for the post in November. About 48 percent of the people who plan to vote for Joe Biden will do so by mail, and only 23 percent for Mr. Trump.
Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the expansion of mail-in voting throughout the United States, claiming without proof that it is vulnerable to fraud. His campaign has sought to limit its use in key swing states in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, while encouraging his own supporters to vote for the post in states where he is favored, such as North Carolina.