Two thirds of the ballots counted in 2016 have already been cast.

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Two days before election day, the number of votes brought forward exceeded two-thirds of the total number of ballots cast in the 2016 elections.

According to the U.S. Election Project, more than 93 million ballots were cast nationwide on Sunday morning, representing 67.7 percent of the total turnout four years ago.

The data shows that Texas and Hawaii have surpassed their overall 2016 turnout, while several major swing states – including North Carolina, Arizona and Florida – are fast approaching it.

Not all states report the party affiliation of those who vote early, but 20, including battleground states like Pennsylvania and Florida.

#early Voting Morning Update 11/1

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– Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 1, 2020

The data show that Democrats voted prematurely in far greater numbers than Republicans.

Of the 93.3 million ballots cast so far, about 20.7 million were from registered Democrats – almost half (45.6 percent) of the total votes cast in party-supporting states – with far more Democrats choosing to mail their ballots back than to cast their votes prematurely in person.

Just over 4 million Democrats have so far cast their votes in person prematurely, while some 16.6 million have chosen to return their ballots by mail.

In contrast, about 13.8 million Republicans have already cast their votes – about 4.8 million in person and nearly 9 million by returning the ballots.

Democrats also have more outstanding postal ballots than Republicans.

Some 8.35 million Democratic ballots still have to be returned, compared to 5.85 million Republicans.

Should add

– A few states still offer the possibility of early voting by personal presence. How much more personal voting?

– Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) November 1, 2020

On Twitter, Michael McDonald, a professor of political science at the University of Florida who heads the project to collect early voting statistics, tweeted on Sunday that there were still several factors to consider.

“How much mail still needs to be returned? (Remember that some states accept stamped ballots until election day),” he wrote, “How much mail is being returned but not yet recorded as processed? How many votes will be cast on election day?”

In another tweet, he added: “Some states still offer early personal voting. How much more personal voting?”

Early voting is taking place at a “record pace,” he wrote last week in an analysis of the data, correctly predicting that some states would soon begin to exceed their 2016 total votes.

McDonald noted that more Republicans would need to vote in person to “gain ground” with Democratic mail voters, whether early or on Election Day.

“There is still some room for maneuver in the early personal voting process, but time is running out, so Republicans must rely heavily on voting on Election Day, which has traditionally been a strong election day for Republicans in recent elections,” he added.

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