Early voting for the 2020 presidential election has begun and if the numbers are any indication, U.S. residents are taking early voting seriously.
More than 10.6 million voters across the country have already cast their ballots in the November election as of Tuesday morning, according to data from the U.S. Elections Project. With more than three weeks left before Election Day, early voting, both in-person and by mail-in voting is far out-pacing 2016 numbers.
Leading up to the 2016 election, only 1.6 million people voted by Oct. 16, 2016. The skyrocketing numbers are mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic, but other factors such as abortion, the Affordable Care Act, the Black Lives Matter movement, and President Trump’s antics have led to millions paying more attention to politics.
The Elections Project, led by University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, told CNBC that Democrats are leading the effort. According to statistics, 4.6 million mail ballots have been received and around 2.6 million have come from Democratic voters.
However, McDonald was quick to say the numbers are not an indication of how the election will turn out. More than 46 million mail-in ballots…