Over 95M early votes cast across US before Election Day

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As of Monday, more than 95 million Americans have already voted in the 2020 elections, according to data gathered by the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.

The increase came about as a result of mail-in and early in-person voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the number of votes already cast is equivalent to 69% of total voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election, according to Reuters.

Of the votes cast, over 34 million voted by mail-in ballot and over 60 million voted early in person.

The U.S. Elections Project reports that Texas and Hawaii have already surpassed their turnouts from 2016 by 8% and 11% respectively.

Montana, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada and Tennessee have already exceeded 90% of their 2016 turnout totals, and Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and New Jersey have already exceeded 80% of their previous totals.

Professor Michael McDonald, who runs the elections project, said he expected over 160 million Americans to vote in 2020, exceeding the 138 million who voted in 2016, for an overall turnout rate of eligible voters of 67%.

According to FiveThirtyEight’s poll tracker, which tracks and averages the latest polls, Biden leads Trump by 8.4 points nationally as of Monday. (News Break)

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