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Over 58 million ballots cast in early US vote, surpassing 2016

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26.10.2020

AP — With nine days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year’s presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days.

The opening of early voting locations in Florida, Texas and elsewhere has piled millions of new votes on top of the mail ballots arriving at election offices as voters try to avoid crowded places on November 3 during the coronavirus pandemic.

The result is a total of 58.6 million ballots cast so far, more than the 58 million that The Associated Press logged as being cast through the mail or at in-person early voting sites in 2016.

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Democrats have continued to dominate the initial balloting, but Republicans are narrowing the gap. GOP voters have begun to show up for early in-person voting, a sign that many heeded US President Donald Trump’s unfounded warnings about mail-voting fraud.

On October 15, Democrats registrants cast 51% of all ballots reported, compared with 25% from Republicans. On Sunday, Democrats had a slightly smaller lead, 51% to 31%. These Sept. 29, 2020, photos show US President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick........

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