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According to data from the US Election Project, more than 50 million Americans have voted in the US presidential election for 11 days, a pace that could become the most voters in a century in more than a century.
The eye-popping figure is a sign of intense interest among Republicans Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joey Biden, as well as Americans’ desire to reduce the risk of exposure to the Kovid-19, which killed more than 221,000 people in the United States. Throughout.
Many states have extended pre-person voting and mail-in ballots before election day on November 3, as a safe way to vote during the coronavirus epidemic.
High levels of early voting have led Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who administers the US Election Project, to predict a record turnout of approximately 150 million, representing 65% of eligible voters, from 1908. Highest rate since.
In Texas, the voting level has already reached 70% in 2016. In Georgia, some have waited in line for more than 10 hours to cast their ballots. And Wisconsin has seen a record number of early votes, with 1.1 million people returning their ballots as of this week. Voters in Virginia, Ohio and Georgia have also seen long lines at early polling places.
The epidemic has retained campaign traditions and its effects are still being felt. Americans can find days or weeks of waiting on their own to learn that election officials counted millions of millions of mail-in votes. Democrats are encouraging supporters to vote – either in person or via mail – fearing that the United States Postal Service (USPS) may not have the ability to deliver mail-in ballots to election officials on time is.
Attempts by Republicans to stop what votes are counted and how voting rights advocates have been concerned. This week, the Supreme Court allowed Alabama officials to ban curbside voting. The Iowa Supreme Court also upheld a Republican-backed law that could prevent election officials from sending thousands of mail-in ballots, making it more difficult for auditors to correct voter applications with the information left.
Michael Heron, a government professor at Dartmouth and a political scientist at the University of Florida, Daniel A. Smith, calculated that thousands of ballot signatures in the swing states of Florida and North Carolina have been flagged for possible rejection due to defects. “Racial minorities and Democrats are facing rejection that postal ballots are more likely in this election,” he wrote in a conversation in media outlets.
Trump and Biden met for a final debate before Election Day on Thursday night, with subsequent snap elections, with most viewers believing Biden’s performance was better.
Busy in national elections, the president has been keeping a busy schedule of rallies, although many voters have already cast their ballots, it is unclear what impact the push will have.
On Friday, the president held the event at Florida’s Battleground, where opinion polls showed a tight race and more than 4 million votes have been cast, with more than half the total of four years ago.
When Trump asked the crowd how many people had voted, “almost every hand” went up, reported NBC’s Shannon Pettipist, who was at the event.
Next week Trump will lead Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and, somewhat surprisingly, Nebraska. He won Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin by less than 1 point in 2016 and Biden advanced several points across the battlefield in recent elections.
Meanwhile, Biden lectured in his home state of Delaware on his plans to overcome the epidemic. Biden’s speech comes as the U.S. counted its most single-day coronavirus case in late July, with 71,671 cases reported yesterday.
“This president still has no plans,” Biden said. “He has given up. He left it to you. He has left America. ”
Echoing his comments during Thursday night’s debate, Biden said he would not shut down the country in response to the coronovirus epidemic.
“I am not going to shut down the country. I am not going to shut down the economy. I’m going to stop the virus, “Biden said in Wilmington.