Due to the increased interest in early voting, analysts predict a record turnout.
The U.S. presidential election is eight days away and more than 60 million Americans have already voted, which is a record high and could lead to the highest turnout in more than a hundred years, according to data published on Monday by the U.S. Elections Project.
The data is yet another sign of increased interest in the standoff between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, as well as voters’ desire to reduce the risk of coronavirus, which has claimed nearly 225,000 lives in the United States.
Democrats are particularly active in early voting, as they willingly use the opportunity to vote by mail. Many Republicans used to vote by mail, but this year their position has changed amid Trump’s claim that mail-order voting is prone to fraud.
Overall, there were approximately twice as many Democrats as Republicans among those who voted early.
Due to voter interest in early voting, the University of Florida Professor and head of the U.S. Elections Project Michael McDonald predicts a record turnout of about 150 million people or 65 percent of eligible voters, the highest since 1908.
Back at the beginning of the month, when the number of votes cast exceeded 47 million, it was clear that more people had voted early in the campaign than in 2016.