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Analysis: Over 14M Votes Cast in Presidential Election

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Mailed-in ballots sit in U.S. Postal Service bins in California in 2018. (Alex Edelman/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:11 PM

To date, about 14 million people have voted in the presidential election, according to the United States Election Project.

This amount included early in-person and absentee voting and is equivalent to 10% of the 2016 voter turnout.

States including South Dakota, Virginia, and Wisconsin have reached 25% of the turnout from last election. And in Vermont, the turnout has hit close to 30%.

University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, who runs the Election Project, said turnout for non-Election Day voting was probably boosted due to states offering more options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

''There are three driving factors here. One is simply that states have relaxed their laws. Maybe it was through changes that were already in place or as an emergency for the pandemic. And in the latter case, we've seen many people requesting mail ballots and voting in-person early in order to socially distance,'' McDonald told NPR. ''The other big factor, though, that's going on here is that there are lots of people who really are enthused to vote, and they're casting their ballots early.''

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To date, about 14 million people have voted in the presidential election, according to the United States Election Project. This amount included early in-person and absentee voting and is equivalent to 10% of the 2016 voter turnout....
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