Record 80 million Americans have voted ahead of 3 November

Early voters in New York: a record 80 million Americans have voted

By Agency Reporter

More than 80 million Americans have already cast their ballots in the U.S. presidential election, four days to 3 November.

According to a tally on Thursday from the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida, huge numbers of people have voted by mail or at early in-person polling sites.

What has been driving the rush to vote was the fear that the coronavirus could spread at busy Election Day voting places.

The record-breaking pace, more than 58% of total 2016 turnout, reflects intense interest in the vote, in which incumbent Donald Trump, a Republican, is up against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a former vice president.

Trump trails Biden in national opinion polls.

Most voters say they disapprove of the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19, which has killed more than 227,000 people in the United States, with case numbers once again breaking daily records as Election Day nears on Tuesday.

Democrats hold a significant advantage in early voting due to their embrace of mail balloting.

Republicans have historically cast mail-in ballot in large numbers but have shunned it amid repeated and unfounded attacks by Trump, who says the system is prone to widespread fraud.

Experts have predicted turnout will easily surpass the 138 million who voted in the 2016 presidential election that Trump won.

Only 47 million votes came before Election Day in 2016.

In 20 states that report party registration data, 18.2 million registered Democrats have already voted, compared with 11.5 million Republicans and 8.8 million with no party affiliation.

The data does not show for whom the votes were cast.

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