This week’s stats: the historic boom of early votes


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“Last night felt like Christmas Eve,” According to a voter His polling station appeared right after it opened.

“This is crazy” Political scientist says.

Early voting data reported this week-and the quote quoted above Washington post And the Associated Press (Associated Press)-reveals that the combination of voter enthusiasm and the coronavirus pandemic has added some unprecedented indicators to the 2020 election.

More than 17 million Americans have voted in the 2020 game,representative The “record avalanche” is “leading to a record 150 million votes cast by election experts”, Associated Press Report on Friday:

The total accounted for 12% of the total vote in the 2016 presidential election, although eight states have not yet reported the total, and voters still have more than two weeks to vote.

in a feature It detailed its early voting data on Wednesday, Wall Street Journal Point out that more than 2 million voters voted at the polling station. Early voting received 12.5 million votes.The publication added that the rules surrounding voting by mail are It has been the subject of many legal battles, including one in the US Supreme Court.

November:

Election officials are already talking about “election week” rather than “election day,” and urge voters to see the long number of votes in the long game as usual.

In its Wednesday reportbut, of Washington post I did point out that on election night (only 18 days before the election) there may be some clarification:

If the presidential election is reduced to Pennsylvania… there is almost no chance of getting a result on November 3, because the tabulation of mailed ballots may not start until that morning, and the ballots may not arrive until November 6. The state is still counting mail votes two weeks after the June primaries.

According to the Post’s analysis of the total number of early votes and state rules governing mail voting, some potential key results are still expected soon after the polls are over.Thanks to the surge in early and absentee voting, loose processing and calculation of mail voting rules, and active preparation by election officials, if everything goes according to plan, voters in key states such as Florida and North Carolina are expected to see it on election night Advanced results.

Early voting avalanche in the 2020 election [The Associated Press]
Across the country, democratic enthusiasm is inciting a huge wave of early voting [The Washington Post]
Mail voting is driving a historic early vote in the 2020 election [The Wall Street Journal]


Jeremy Barker is the director of content marketing at Breaking Media.Please feel free Email him Have questions or comments, and Connect on LinkedIn.


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