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Democrats currently hold a substantial advantage in the early mail-in ballots cast so far and the United States could be on track for record voter turnout this year, but that doesn’t mean the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is guaranteed a win on Election day.
Nineteen days out from the election, all states have begun sending out mail ballots to voters who requested them, and in-person early voting is underway in 25 states.
As of Thursday, October 15, 17.8 million voters have voted by mail or early in-person in 40 states and the District of Columbia, according to a database maintained by the US Elections Project at the University of Florida, a rate that far exceeds the number of ballots cast at the same point in the 2016 cycle.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most US states have expanded either voting by mail, in-person early voting, or both.
But shortly after the pandemic exploded in the United States, President Donald Trump and his campaign began waging a public relations and legal battle against voting by mail, falsely claiming that expanded mail voting leads to increased voter fraud and is not secure.
As early as July, public opinion polls and mail …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics