For many voters in the USA it is already clear who will lead their country as president in the future. They cast their votes before the official election day on November 3rd. It is now almost a quarter of those eligible to vote. That is considered a good sign for the Democrat Biden.
Less than a week before the actual date of the US presidential election, 59 million US citizens have already cast their votes. According to the US Elections Project of the University of Florida, two million more people took part in early voting than in the presidential election four years ago.
Anyone of the approximately 330 million US citizens who are at least 18 years old is eligible to vote in the USA. That’s a good 233 million. Thus, according to surveys of the University of Florida election project, around 25 percent of eligible voters have already cast their votes. The record breaking number is due in part to concerns about the crowds at polling stations on election day amid the coronavirus pandemic. The statistics show that supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in particular cast their votes.
US citizens have the option of voting by postal vote before the actual election date or of casting their vote in person at a polling station prior to the election. Early voting reached record values this year, also in view of the corona pandemic: Many voters want to avoid going to full polling stations on November 3 and thus avoid a potential risk of infection.
Polls see Biden / Harris ahead of Trump / Pence
The fact that more Democratic voters are voting by mail doesn’t mean that incumbent Donald Trump’s Republicans can’t make up for it on November 3rd. Observers expect Republican voters to go to polling stations in large numbers on November 3rd. Trump has been rioting against postal voting for months by claiming it is more prone to electoral fraud. There is no scientific evidence for this.
Currently, polls see a clear nationwide lead for Biden and his vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris. Even in the particularly competitive key states such as Pennsylvania and Florida, the democratic team is ahead of the incumbents Donald Trump and Mike Pence, but the races are much closer here.
The scientists from the US Elections Project predict an overall high turnout. According to this, a total of more than 150 million people could cast their votes – around 13 million more than in the previous election.