This is how the Early Vote works in the United States and the differences with 2016
Historic elections from every point of view
The 2020 elections in the United States can mark a before and after for the participation of citizens at the polls . The coronavirus pandemic and fear of chaos on Election Day have encouraged early voting, either by mail or in person .
The early vote in these elections reached 58,776,882 this Sunday. That would be more than 10 million more than in 2016, when a total of 47,015,596 early votes were registered. In total, 42% of the votes that were counted in 2016 have been deposited.
Most of the ballots delivered early in these elections have been by mail with 39,789,419 votes . In person, 18,987,463 votes are counted. The total in the election is expected to exceed 150 million, which could be the largest number in US history.
California, Florida and Texas lead the Early Vote in the US Nine days before the elections, Texas already has 80% of the total registered in 2016. In that state 7,173,088 people have voted. In Florida the percentage is 60% with respect to the elections in which Donald Trump prevailed.
In California, 6.5 million people have voted, representing 44.5% of the votes counted in 2016 .
Democratic voters represent 49.1% of the early vote nationwide. Republicans add 27.9% . These data only take into account states with records by party.
Early voting is believed to remain the norm from now on, although court battles are anticipated in states traditionally ruled by Republicans.