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Almost 70 million Americans have already cast their vote early with the exact week remaining for the White House elections, a figure that already supposes 50% of those who went to the polls in 2016.

In total, 69,645,195 Americans had gone to the polls this Tuesday according to data from the states compiled by the US Elections Project, of which 23,131,183 had done so in person and 46,514,012 by mail.

These nearly 70 million already represent 50.5% of the 136.6 million who voted in 2016 in the elections that faced Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, in which there was a 55.7% participation.

Current data point to a significant increase in participation since four years ago only 47.2 million Americans voted early.

Both the pandemic and the passions that the 2020 election arouses between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are pointed out as reasons for this increase in early voting.

Dozens of people queue up in Palm Harbor, Florida, to vote early in the US presidential election.
PETER FOLEY / EFE

Between the states with a greater affluence at the polls are Texas with 7.8 million, California with 7.4 and Florida with 6.4, which are also the most populous.

Texas is also the state with the highest participation compared to 2016, having already reached the 86.9% of the votes that were deposited back then.

Other states that, like Texas, are predicted to be disputed in 2020, such as North Carolina or Georgia, register 71.5% and 71.4%, respectively, of their total participation in 2016. In Florida they have voted 67.1% and in Arizona 68.3%.

Turnout in US elections is traditionally low and it has not exceeded the 60% mark since in 1968 the Republican Richard Nixon took over the White House for the first time.

A woman votes early in the US presidential election at a Miami, Florida voting center.
A woman votes early in the US presidential election at a Miami, Florida voting center.
CRISTÓBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH / EFE

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