More than 58.7 million Americans have now voted for the US presidential election to be held next Tuesday.
Trump and Biden have also voted
That is already more than the total number of voters who joined the polls in 2016, reports CNN Monday. Then there were 58.3 million. At the time, these voters accounted for 42 percent of all votes cast.
According to CNN more young people in particular have voted early. This may be due to the corona crisis. The number of early voters increased the most in the state of New Jersey.
There are currently nine times as many votes cast compared to the same period during the election battle between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton in 2016. Early voting is also popular in Delaware and Virginia.
Early voters include President Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The current president on Saturday in Florida “voted for a guy named Trump,” he said at the polling station. Biden voted in his home state of Indiana on Friday.
During the previous presidential election, a total of 136 million ballots were filled out. A few weeks before the start of this election in 2016, six million Americans had voted early.
Experts suspect the COVID-19 outbreak caused the surge in early voters. These voters would seek alternative voting methods so that they do not have to stand in long lines during election day on November 3. However, the huge turnout of early voters also leads to long queues.
Democrats in particular would have voted so far, according to an election report. It should be noted that this says little about the final election results, because Republicans can vote in large numbers on election day.
In the national polls, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is about 10 percentage points ahead of the incumbent president. Trump has repeatedly called voting by mail risky. He says the method is easy for fraud, but could not support that claim with evidence.