US Election: More than 50 per cent Americans cast early votes


With a week left until Election Day, early voting in the United States election has now exceeded 70 million, more than half of the total turnout in 2016.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 69.5 million Americans had already mailed in their ballots or voted early in person.

Data compiled by the United States Elections Project shows that the early vote is even more dramatic in a number of key battleground states, including Texas, Florida and North Carolina.

Texas has already received nearly 87 per cent of the votes it counted in the 2016 election, Florida has already received more than two-thirds, North Carolina has received 72 per cent and Georgia 71 per cent. Wisconsin and Michigan are both approaching the halfway mark.

The coronavirus pandemic, the fear of postal delays and the passions inspired by the presidential candidates have all contributed to the record early vote.

Voters in America will decide on 3 November whether President Donald Trump remains in the White House for another four years.

The Republican president is being challenged by Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden, who is best known as Barack Obama’s vice-president but has been in US politics since the 1970s.


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