(ReliableNews.org) – With less than four weeks remaining before the November 3 presidential election, the US Elections Project reported nearly 8 million early votes had been cast as of the morning of October 9. That figure represents a more than ten-fold increase in early voting at the same point in the 2016 election.
US Elections Project administrator Michael McDonald told Reuters the project never observed that many individuals “voting so far ahead of an election,” prompting him to predict an estimated voter turnout of around 150 million this year, the highest figure in more than 100 years.
#earlyvote update mid-morning 10/9
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) October 9, 2020
So far, early voting includes Washington, DC, and 34 states. Currently, only seven states don’t offer early voting options. Of particular note, a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showed about 40% of Republicans planned on voting early and 58% of Democrats. Due to complex ballot verification procedures, election results could extend well into the night of the election, perhaps even longer.
With the likelihood of more in-person voting by Republicans, early figures could end up skewing in Biden’s behalf as the tabulation process continues. However, it’s impossible to know if it could be enough for a Biden win, or if the president will win another four years in the White House.
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