The elections for the new president of the United States are not until November 3, but more than 6.6 million Americans have already cast their votes, according to states the United States Elections Project Thursday. In the meantime, President Donald Trump has completed his corona treatment and will likely be able to participate in public events again from Saturday, his personal physician reports.
Personal physician: Trump will return to public events from Saturday
The number of votes cast this early in the race is more than ten times the number in 2016 around this time. In Florida, a major state for the election outcome, more than a million votes have already been cast.
According to Professor Michael McDonald of the University of Florida and the man behind the Elections Project, the preliminary figures indicate a record turnout of 150 million votes, or 65 percent of those eligible to vote. Such a turnout would be the highest since 1908, according to McDonald, who has been tracking voter turnout in the US for renowned news agencies since 2000.
In almost every US state, voters can vote well before election day, including by mail. This opportunity is often used this year because of the corona pandemic.
Republican President Donald Trump has been campaigning against postal voting for weeks with unfounded arguments that it would lead to fraud.
Trump can probably participate in public events again from Saturday, according to his personal physician. Trump has completed his treatment for the coronavirus and responded “extremely well” to what he received, Dr. Sean Conley said in a message circulated by the White House.
According to Conley, Trump’s health has remained stable since returning to Washington on Tuesday after a stay at Walter Reed military hospital. The president tested positive for the lung virus last week and received experimental treatment with synthetic antibodies from Regeneron.
The second election debate between Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will take place online due to the corona virus. Trump, however, refuses, because he doesn’t want to hold a debate remotely. Biden, who has tested negative for the time being, said earlier that he did not want to debate Trump in the usual way while the president is still contagious.
Trump himself says he has now recovered and can no longer spread the virus. He returned to work in his Oval Office on Wednesday, despite accusations for being too careless with the safety of his employees.