Due to the increased interest in early voting, analysts predict a record turnout.
With eight days left until the US presidential election, more than 60 million Americans have already voted, a record high, and could lead to the highest turnout in more than a century, according to data released on Monday by the US Elections Project.
The data is another sign of increased interest in the standoff between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. It also shows voters’ desire to reduce the risk of infection with the coronavirus, which has claimed about 225,000 lives in the United States.
Democrats are particularly active in early voting, as they are willing to take advantage of the opportunity to vote by mail. Many Republicans used to vote by mail, but this year their position has changed amid Trump’s claims that voting by mail is susceptible to fraud.
Overall, there are about twice as many Democrats as Republicans who voted early.
Due to increased voter interest in early voting, the University of Florida Professor and head of the US Elections Project Michael McDonald predicts a record turnout of about 150 million people, or 65 percent of those eligible to vote, the highest since 1908.
At the beginning of the month, when the number of votes cast exceeded 47 million, it became clear that during this campaign, more voters voted early than in 2016.