Republicans Are Narrowing the Early Voting Gap

As ballots cast hit massive number
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2020 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Oct 26, 2020 6:59 AM CDT
Pre-Election Voting Hits Massive Number
In this Oct. 6, 2020, file photo, University of Illinois students walk past a mail-in ballot drop box that sits on the northwest corner of the university's Quad in Urbana, Ill.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

More people have now voted than all the early ballots cast in 2016—and the election is still more than a week away. CNN reported on Sunday that more than 58.7 million ballots have so far been cast, citing a survey of election officials it performed alongside Edison Research and Catalist. In 2016, the total number of pre-election ballots cast was 58.3 million, or about 42% of all ballots cast. The AP's numbers, also reported Sunday, have 58.6 million ballots cast so far this year compared to 58 million in 2016. The AP also notes that while Democrats have dominated early voting, Republicans are starting to narrow the gap; currently 51% of early ballots have come from registered Democrats and 31% from registered Republicans, compared to 51% and 25%, respectively, on Oct. 15. (More Election 2020 stories.)

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