A total of 2.09 million early votes have been cast in Florida, 1.68 million in California and 1.62 million in Texas, according to the US Elections Project. Since the largest number of the mail-in ballots are received and processed on the first day of early voting, it's likely that this year's early turnout numbers will decline relative to 2016 as each day of early voting is reported.
"Traffic is conducted in a normal manner during the whole day because you know polling starts early in the morning and later that evening, so we're going through three rush hours there", said Shade McMillan, a spokesperson for the Leon County Sheriff's Office.
But the ballots aren't the only remarkable aspect of this year's election. Democrats have been pushing for voters to be able to claim fear of catching COVID-19 at the polls as a disability, even going so far as mailing vote-by-mail applications to millions of voters and encouraging them to check the "disability" box regardless of any actual disability that would make it hard or risky to go to the polls in person.
A recent Gallup poll indicated 62% of Democrats planned to vote early compared with 28% of Republicans.
Those who request and receive mail-in ballots, do not return them, and then go to the polls without their ballots will be allowed to vote, she said.
Only the party and electorate votes are being counted today, not the referendum ballots.
The deadline to register to vote in that election is Monday, Oct. 19. "It was aimed at manufacturing chaos to chill drive-thru and curbside voting to cast a cloud of confusion at the polling site", said Ginny Goldman, progressive political strategist, in a statement issued by the Texas Right to Vote organization.
The only aspect that may differ for voters on Election Day from the 15 days prior is likely wait times. "You've seen ballots get thrown away, thrown in trash dumpsters", Barnett said.
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After the committee completes the hearings, which is expected to happen on Thursday, Graham can move for a committee vote. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on November 10 regarding whether the whole law should be tossed out.
North Carolina began in-person early voting on Thursday, and Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris had been scheduled to travel to Asheville to address an early vote mobilization event.
But it's had limited success in selling absentee voting.
The general election ballot is the longest ever with more than 70 contests including five ballot questions.
Mail-in ballots tell a different tale.
"We have made it easy for county voters to vote by mail or in-person in this election", County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said. "We may be midway through the first quarter and Democrats have put a couple of points on the board". In New York, 100,000 faulty ballots were mailed out as were 50,000 in Columbus, Ohio.
Robert Baccus, 52, an independent contractor from Columbus, Ohio, was among hundreds in line at the Franklin County Board of Elections early voting center. That may mean early voting in person or with their mail-in ballots, taking November 3 off from work so they can wait in long lines, or taking other measures to make sure their ballots are legally cast on time to be counted. The delays were largely a result of insufficient resources to handle the surge, something advocates contend is a form of voter suppression. He said he doesn't trust voting by mail, so early voting was his best option for casting a ballot while trying to safeguard his health. It was expanded to 10 under federal court order amid disagreements among state officials over how best to make voting safer during the coronavirus pandemic. But they are also encouraging voters to cast their ballots early, if they can. The Democrats' big gamble on mail-in ballots could be a giant tactical mistake, resulting in a million lost votes nationwide. Eighty-two percent of the ballots were sent in through the mail while 18% were cast in person, with half of the votes coming from people at least 65 years of age.
Garber concluded by saying, "In a close election, issues with mail-in ballots could be consequential, or even determinative". North Carolina has seen almost triple the number so far.
However, there is also the potential for abuse and fraud of absentee ballots, particularly with the overwhelming number that will be showing up at the courthouses this cycle. Counties work together to ensure that ballots are delivered to each other as long as ballots are received by the November 3 deadline. Pending disputes could result in competing slates of electors, which happened in several states in 1876, throwing the presidential race to Congress to sort out. "We are expecting that counting will continue after Election Day and election officials will count every vote". "And I didn't want to take any chances". Republicans may be just as motivated, but saving themselves for Election Day.