More than 17 million votes have already been cast in the United States, reaching 20 million during the weekend, according to the US Election project, which allows to set records for this year.
The November 3 presidential election is still 19 days away, but early participation is already at record levels and, for the founder of the Center for Election Research and Innovation (CEIR), the most interesting thing will be to know ” how many are left to vote “in November.
According to a new analysis of the US Elections project, updated today, nearly 17,750,000 votes have already been cast in 38 states. An infographic map of the project indicates that Florida has already received 2.09 million votes, California more than 1.68 and Texas more than 1.65 million votes.
According to this project, led by Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida, this year there will be almost 240 million people qualified to vote, but not all are registered and many tend to never participate in the elections.
David Becker, director of CEIR, who spoke today at a press conference in which Lusa was present, the numbers already registered “do not resemble anything that has already been seen” in history, with more than two weeks until the last day of the elections and reflect a “level of historic enthusiasm”. This is contributed by postal votes, which this year are encouraged in many states, due to the covid-19, but also early votes.
David Becker considered that, due to the records of votes that are registered and are increasing every day, “the percentage of people who will vote on election day [03 de novembro] it could be much smaller than in other years “. For the expert, the 2020 elections will be a” success story “, with the numbers already registered, mainly in the middle of a pandemic.
In the 2016 presidential elections, there were 138.8 million votes, that is, approximately 60% of the universe of qualified voters. The record for participation in the US presidential elections was 62% in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected for the first time.
To find participation above 65%, the CEIR expert indicated that a “return to the past” is needed for the year 1908, but recalled that voting was restricted and impossible for African-Americans and women.
David Becker defended participation by mail and early in-person voting today, saying that going to vote “will be safer than going shopping” because polling stations are following all recommendations for distance, cleanliness and disinfection.
The expert also praised the way in-person votes have taken place in various places, where “people wait in lines, with masks, bring stools, disinfectants, snacks”.
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