Americans Voting Early in Record Numbers in Presidential Election

Americans Voting Early in Record Numbers in Presidential Election

For comparison, more than 58 million early ballots were cast in 2016.

Rivett said her office has received and processed about 6,000 mail-in applications.

"To be clear: the satellite offices are not polling places and the Pennsylvania Election Code does not create a right for campaign representatives to "watch" at these locations", Andrew Richman, chief of staff to the city solicitor, said in a statement.

Vote.org has provided a breakdown of North Carolina's absentee ballot rules, deadlines and directions, as well as a section on how to track your ballot once it's been sent off. Elsewhere in the state, records from 2016 are being shattered; in Harris County alone, the more than 128,000 first-day votes exceeded the first-day turnout in the entire state of Georgia.

Republicans say they believe Democrats are largely just transitioning in-person voters to ones that vote by mail, and aren't increasing Biden's base in any material way.

Also, do not use a ballot drop box outside the town where you live. You can call your clerk and request a ballot or you can visit your clerk's office and request a ballot in-person.

As of October 10, more than 9 million people had cast their vote early across the 30 states that have data publicly available, according to Forbes. That will include voting opportunities for 17 straight days, extending from Thursday, Oct. 15, to Saturday, Oct. 31.

Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs
Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs

While Mark Jones presumes that "higher turnout favours the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party", Pomante has drawn attention to African American electoral behaviour, stressing that traditionally Black Americans overwhelmingly vote for the Democrats.

The voting machines are being put through the paces. Election officials are typically not informed when someone moves out of state or to a different in-state residence (unless they register to vote at that new address), so there is sometimes a lag between addresses listed on the rolls and actual residences of voters.

The 7.9 million Covid-19 cases and 216,000-odd virus-related deaths in the United States don't appear to be turning people away from the polls. Those absentee ballots will be mailed to voters this week. This could make for a long election night in states that prohibit the counting or processing of ballots before election day.

Unfortunately, at the same time that they are exercising their franchise, there are others out there who are taking advantage of the vulnerabilities in our system to try to steal their vote or dilute the value of their vote. "All of the results that you see on election night are unofficial". That was my experience in the 2016 primary election, but three hours after I arrived - even though the polling hours had ended - I was able to vote. The shortage of poll workers resulted in long lines and waiting periods at polling stations, particularly in urban areas.

In previous November elections, about 27% of absentee ballots were returned by the 20th day before the election and ultimately over 96% were returned by Election Day.

It's not unusual, especially in a highly transient state such as Nevada, for a person to receive mail meant for former residents.

Voting is the only way that we can have our voices be heard as USA citizens.

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