In Florida, more than 480,000 Democrats have requested absentee ballots compared to Republicans, while in North Carolina, more than 260,000 Democrats have requested absentee ballots compared to Republicans.
However, Democrats’ leadership in absentee voting requests in those two states does not necessarily indicate that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has a significant advantage over President Donald Trump. CNN currently rates these two states as battlegrounds, with neither having any clear advantage.
More than 3.2 million active registered voters in Trump’s home state of Florida requested absentee ballots as of Friday evening, despite the president’s baseless claims that mail-in voting is rife with voter fraud. According to data from the Florida State Department of Elections, about 46% of voters requesting ballots are Democrats, while about 31% are Republicans. Data show there were slightly more active registered Democrats than Republicans in the Sunshine State as of the end of July.
In North Carolina, more than 758,000 voters requested absentee ballots as of Friday evening. According to data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections, more than half of those requests were from Democrats. Last week’s voter registration data indicated that Democrats make up more than 35% of the state’s registered voters, while about 30% are Republicans.
Last week, Trump appeared in North Carolina by mailing in his ballots to encourage voters to vote twice and then try to vote as an individual to try to vote in person. The suggestion came as a shock to experts and state election officials, and the North Carolina Attorney General said Trump’s suggestion would break the law. “Americans are allowed to vote only once during an election.
As of late Friday night, CNN counted for the states that made the data available, so far, more than 11.8 million absentee ballots have been requested in 12 states, including Florida and North Carolina, for the November election because of voter mail and voting. And voting early in the midst of the coronovirus epidemic. Those states have battlefields such as Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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It excludes nine states and Washington, D.C., which are primarily conducting their election by mail and will automatically send ballots to registered voters when available.
Not all states report their data by party, as many do not have party registration. And several studies have found that neither party automatically benefits from expanded access to mail-in voting.
In a recent CNN poll conducted by SSRS, 68% of Trump supporters said they preferred to vote in-person on Election Day, as opposed to 21% of Biden supporters. Nearly half of the former Vice President’s supporters say they like to vote by mail.
This story has been updated afresh.
CNN’s Adam Levy and Ethan Cohen contributed to this report.