“Last night felt like Christmas Eve,” according to one voter who confirmed up simply as his polling place first opened.
“It’s crazy,” is how a political scientist put it.
Early-voting knowledge reported this week — and quotes like those above from The Washington Post and Associated Press — reveal that the mix of voter enthusiasm and the coronavirus pandemic is including some unprecedented metrics to the 2020 election.
Over 17 million Americans have already voted within the 2020 race, representing “a record-setting avalanche” that’s “leading election experts to predict that a record 150 million votes may be cast,” the Associated Press reported on Friday:
The complete represents 12% of all of the votes solid within the 2016 presidential election, whilst eight states will not be but reporting their totals and voters nonetheless have greater than two weeks to solid ballots. ”
In a feature on Wednesday detailing its early-voting knowledge, The Wall Street Journal famous that greater than 2 million voters had solid ballots at polling locations and 12.5 million early votes have been mail ballots. The publication added that guidelines surrounding mail voting are already the topic of quite a few authorized battles, together with one earlier than the U.S. Supreme Court.
As for November:
Election officers already discuss ‘Election Week’ quite than ‘Election Day’ and urge voters to see a prolonged rely in shut contests as regular.”
In its report on Wednesday, nonetheless, The Washington Post did be aware the potential for some readability on election evening — simply 18 days away:
If the presidential race boils all the way down to Pennsylvania … there may be little probability a end result can be out there on Nov. 3, since tabulation of mail ballots might not start till that morning, and ballots might arrive as late as Nov. 6. Election officers in Philadelphia have been nonetheless counting mail ballots two weeks after the state’s June main.
Yet some doubtlessly pivotal outcomes are highly anticipated shortly after polls shut, based on a Post evaluation of early vote totals and state guidelines governing mail balloting. Thanks to surges in early and absentee voting, looser guidelines for processing and counting mail ballots, and energetic preparation by election officers, voters in crucial states corresponding to Florida and North Carolina can anticipate to see higher level outcomes on election evening, if every thing goes to plan.”
Avalanche of Early Votes Transforming 2020 Election [The Associated Press]
Across the Country, Democratic Enthusiasm Is Propelling an Enormous Wave of Early Voting [The Washington Post]
Mail Balloting Is Fueling Historic Early Voting in the 2020 Election [The Wall Street Journal]