US State authorities across the country are reporting a record number of early voters casting their ballots ahead of the upcoming Presidential Election. By Friday, more than 22 million people had voted, either in-person or mail. Political experts have maintained that the coronavirus outbreak has prompted voters to find alternatives to the election’s day.
According to the official data, the state of Texas, which also has one of the most strict rules to qualify for a mail ballot, set a record for most ballots cast on the first day of the early voting.
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Not only Texas, but the authorities in Georgia also reported that Monday, which was the Memorial Day holiday, and which hit the new state record with 126,876 votes. Meanwhile, in Ohio, nearly 2.3 million postal ballots have been requested, double the size in the 2016 elections.
Reports suggest the Democrat voters have surpassed the Republicans as they have cast more than the double number of ballots. Moreover, women and black Americans among Democrats are taking the lead in early voting. Dislike for the incumbent administration, and ongoing racial injustice appears to be the primary reason behind their motivation.
However, this early voting trend can not be claimed as a potential victory in the November 3 elections. Republicans have maintained that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to fraud. That is why Democrats may lead the early voting, but Republicans will turn up in great numbers on election day. But the data contradicts the claims of voting fraud.
Furthermore, the big number of voters has led to long queues, and there are reports that some people have had to wait for nearly 11 hours for a chance to vote. Unlike previous elections, young voters who have been reluctant to vote have been turning up in enormous numbers this year.