A total of 273,325 people voted either in-person or by absentee by mail. The post-Election Day vote count generated a 0.12 percentage point shift in the national popular vote in favor of John Kerry in 2004, a 0.35 point shift for Barack Obama in 2008, and a 0.39 point shift for Obama in 2012, before Clinton's 0.30 point gain in 2016. The secretary of state is warning Alabama voters about efforts to defraud the system and improperly influence the upcoming elections with false information.
"For months, Democrats have pinned all their hopes on mail ballots, irresponsibly scared voters away from the polls and cannibalized their Election Day voters in favor of vote-by-mail", Trump campaign spokeswoman Thea McDonald said. With postal delays, rejected ballots and a dearth of funding, the process isn't always smooth - ballots can be rejected for multiple reasons, and due to court challenges election rules are changing even while voting is underway.
Election officials across the state say it looks to be a record turnout in Colorado.
Caribbean American Robin Starr, the SUV's driver, a resident of Homestead, some 33 miles from Doral, said she's a furloughed flight attendant but "I have been using the time to get out the vote, making phone calls urging people to vote early, and encouraging those who received mail-in ballots to drop them directly at the Supervisor of Elections offices, and have volunteered to take voters to this office, making several trips over recent days, so they can drop off their ballots".
New Saline County COVID Cases
New cases have shown a sharp increase in recent weeks, including a new weekly high of 121 cases the week of September 28. Five of Thursday's newly reported cases - as well as 71 active cases - are related to the University of Montana.
City Clerk Casey Carl said the city has issued 155,195 mail-in absentee ballots, almost seven times the number they had issued at the same point in the 2016 presidential election.
Elections Canada said an increased voting window will allow more opportunity to vote while adhering to physical distancing requirements.
Linda Schacht of Lipscomb University's Institute for Civil Leadership tells us that to learn more about why, you have to start with the number of voters registered. In Arapahoe County, more than 57,000 voters had returned ballots, a 14% turnout so far. In places like Davidson County, voter registration is up 30 percent. After that, voters must register in person at either of the City Clerk's locations with proof of residency. These factors have led many political commentators to speculate that President Donald Trump, who has been mostly critical of mail-in voting, might verbally claim victory on election night despite an unfinished vote count.
Election administrators say voting early helps when having to troubleshoot issues with your eligibility. Some could be simply changes of address. "The county boards of elections and election workers worked diligently to ensure a successful first day of early voting".