More than 22 million Americans cast their ballots early in Tuesday’s US presidential election – a staggering avalanche of early votes triggered by a pandemic that is changing the way the nation votes. More than 13 million Americans cast their ballots early, according to the University of Michigan’s Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).
A whopping 78 million people have so far found the US election project and applied for a postal vote – in the form of ballots. McDonald estimates that 70 million Americans have requested absentee ballots for the 2020 election. So far, 22.6 million voters have cast their ballots early, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), which specializes in elections. An estimated 5.2 million Americans voted early in the presidential election because they were convicted of a crime, up from 4.4 million in 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by the Sentencing Project.
Although eight states have not yet reported their total numbers, and some voters still have more than two weeks to cast their ballots, the total number represents a significant increase over the votes cast in the 2016 presidential election. While experts predict higher turnout this year, the votes cast so far represent only a small fraction of the more than 136 million ballots cast for the 2016 presidential election. Although eight states have not yet reported their total numbers, that total will represent a significant increase in the number of voters still eligible for more than These two weeks. Although eight states have not yet announced their total numbers, and some voters still have to cast ballots for the 2018 midterm elections in California, fewer than one-tenth – one percent – of those who cast ballots for the 2016 presidential election.
In fact, more voters cast ballots by mail than go to the polls in person. The country has seen a huge increase in postal ballots – in recent years 2020 compared to 2016 when more than 33 million ballots were absentee ballots or sent by mail for the general election. Young and minority voters, who traditionally mail out their ballots just before Election Day, make up a large portion of early turnout. They vote far more often than older voters and younger voters who traditionally send in their ballot papers.
They cast their ballots just before Election Day and they vote at least as often as older voters, but not as often.
In the Electoral Administration Voting Survey (EAVS), early voting data includes early voting on voting machines and postal ballots cast in person at any location or by voting machines before election day. These are now personally counted – sealed ballots are counted after polling stations close so state officials can compare the list of absentee voters with those of eligible voters – to prevent duplication of ballots.
This report is a response to a 2012 report that found more than 5 million Americans were forced to wait more than an hour for their vote. By analyzing the number of Google searches for “voter registration deadlines” that occurred after the state’s voter registration deadline in 2012 and after the election, this report found that more people than ever – 23 million people – registered for the election, even though it was after an election and not before the voter registration deadline. This report was in response to an article in the New York Times on the impact of early voting on the 2014 US presidential election, as well as the same report from 2013 and the 2012 report on early voter registration in Florida, which registered more than 4.5 million voters before, but not after, election day.
Early voting has been more successful this 2020 than in 2016, when about 1.4 million Americans cast their ballots before October 16. About one million of those Americans cast their ballots in early elections, compared with fewer than 10,000 casts at the same time in the 2016 election cycle.
Florida, California, and Texas led the way in the number of votes cast, with each state recording more than 2.2 million votes cast. Election officials in all three states cast more than 60,480 ballots in the primaries, the highest turnout of any primary in U.S. history, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The number of absentee ballots – rejected in 23 states in this year’s primaries – exceeded expectations for the general election and this fall’s projections. That’s about 1.5 million more ballots cast than were cast statewide in the 2016 general election.
Although eight states have not yet reported their total numbers, and some voters still have more than two weeks to cast their ballots, the 22.2 million ballots cast by Friday night represent about 1.5 million more votes than in the 2016 presidential election. Eight states have not yet reported their total numbers, or voters have more than two months to cast their ballots. The 22.2 million ballots cast on Friday night represent about 2.4 million more votes than were cast in the 2020 election on Monday night. Although eight of the states have not yet reported their numbers, and some voters have less than two days to cast their ballots, that is about one-third of the votes cast for the 2018 general election and one-third of the votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.