US News This Tuesday, Americans vote (but 100 million have already done so)
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Already on the rise during the last elections, postal voting and early voting have exploded for this presidential election.
The United States wakes up this Tuesday for "Election Day",, Donald Trump four years older or Joe Biden, as well as many other . Democrats and Republicans agree on at least one thing: They urge voters to vote by any means possible - phone calls, social media messages, pushy emails or amazing choreography.
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© David Maxwell - EPA / MAXPPP A voter in Kent, Ohio, deposits his ballot Thursday, October 29, at a kiosk intended for the early vote. Four days before the presidential election in the United States, and emerging from a campaign agitated by many upheavals, the polls are moving little and continue to give a fairly large lead to Democrat Joe Biden. Above all, the game is probably over, since two out of three voters have already voted.
VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
But for at least 100 million Americans, this post is irrelevant: they have already voted. At one in the morning (Washington DC time) this Tuesday,, reference in the matter, identified 99.6 million ballots already validated: 63.9 million by correspondence and 35 , 7 via advance voting in person. This total already exceeded that of 2016 ; with the latest lifts expected on Tuesday morning, it will exceed 100 million and thus represent double the "early vote" of four years ago.
While the rules vary from one to another, all states allow these electoral procedures. Their use was already growing in recent years, especially in the large states of the western half of the country where the polling station is sometimes tens of kilometers away. The Covid-19 has been there and the figures have exploded: the Democratic Party strongly urged its voters not to wait until November 3 to vote, and if Donald Trump has very often said (without proof) that postal voting was a nest of fraud, it has not been fully understood. We indeed know the party of affiliation of half of the 100 million voters who have already voted (some states ask voters for this information, others do not): of these 48.7 million, the Democrats are more numerous (21 , 9 million) but there are still 14.9 million declared Republicans, while the "independents", who are neither one nor the other, are 11.6 million.
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Strong mobilization in many swing states
election, this massive use of early and postal votes necessarily indicates an increase in participation: 137 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election. especially since the participation is already massive in States which promise to be decisive for the final result of the election. In Texas, 9.72 million people have already voted, whereas they were in total… 8.97 million in 2016.
Even before Election Day, participation therefore already weighs 108.3% of that of it four years ago in this Republican strongholdThe latest information on the American presidential election: . It is similar in many traditional or advertised
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© AFP - MORRY GASH, JIM WATSON Donald Trump and Joe Biden, October 22, 2020, during the last televised debate between the two candidates for the White House, in Nashville, Tennessee. The massive use of postal voting and a tight ballot in several key states could delay the announcement of official results. A scenario likely to prompt Donald Trump to challenge the results. The 2020 US Presidential Election is on track to break turnout records.