Americans have no patience until November 3 and have already formed queues to vote for the next president. Fear of the coronavirus led many to vote by mail, but others went to the polls. Huge queues formed in New York. The people queuing at the Barclay Arena in Brooklyn also had a surprise: the marching band provided them with entertainment. The stars also urge the world to vote. Known for his roles in comedy films, actor Ben Stiller spent more than three hours in line in Weschester to vote. “We are approaching the second hour of queuing. Social distance is well preserved. We estimate that it will take another hour and a half “, said the actor Ben Stiller.
Florida polling stations opened on Saturday, but millions of people turned to mail voting. US President Donald Trump voted early Saturday, ten days before the presidential election, at a polling station in West Palm Beach, Florida. The American president arrived at a library to exercise his citizenship in advance, as did more than 55 million Americans who had already voted in advance, especially for fear of coronavirus. Donald Trump was wearing a mask when he entered the polling station.
“It’s an extremely safe vote, much safer than when you mail your ballot,” said the Republican billionaire, who has always said without proof that there is a risk of massive mail-voting fraud. “Everything is perfect, in a very strict way, following the rules,” he added, explaining that he voted for “a guy named Trump.” Vice President Mike Pence cast his early vote Friday in Indianapolis.
With less than two weeks to go before election day, more than 50 million Americans voted in advance, and election experts predict historic rates for the November election because voting is at a rate that could lead to the highest turnout. from the last century. The United States had the highest turnout in 1876 (82.6%), when Republican Rutherford Hayes defeated Democrat Samuel Tilden. In 1860, when Abraham Lincoln defeated John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas, 81.8% of eligible voters voted. The elections of 1868, 1880, 1888 and 1840 also recorded turnout rates of over 80%.
The high level of early voting led Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who runs the US Elections Project, to predict a record turnout of about 150 million voters, representing 65 percent of eligible voters, the highest rate since 1908. The impressive figure shows a growing public interest in the two opponents, Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, but also the Americans’ desire to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, which has killed more than 221,000 people in the United States. . In Texas, turnout has already exceeded 70% compared to 2016. In Virginia, Ohio and Georgia, some voters stood in line for 10 hours to express their choice as to who should lead the United States for the next four years.
Wisconsin recorded a record number of voters, with 1.1 million Americans already voicing their option last week. The pandemic has changed the traditional campaign and the effects will continue to be felt. Americans could wait days or weeks to find out who won, until tens of millions of postal votes are counted. Democrats encourage supporters to vote in advance – either in person or by mail. Instead, Republicans continue their efforts to restrict postal voting. “Racial minorities and Democrats are more likely to vote by mail.”