The 2020 election could have the highest voter turnout rate in over a century with an estimated 150million Americans predicted to cast their vote for the next president – the highest turnout since 1908.
So far more than 58million Americans have already cast their ballots as of Sunday, with just nine days to go before November 3.
University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, who administers the US Elections Project, predicts a record turnout of 150 million citizens voting in the election, representing about 65 percent of eligible voters.
This year's high stakes race between Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is projected to eclipse the voter turnout of 2016, when approximately 137million people voted.
Despite challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis, swathes of Americans have headed to the polls and waited in long lines for early voting or mailed in their ballots.
According to the US Elections Project the most votes have been cast in Texas followed by California and Florida so far and across the nation more than 39million mail ballots have been filed and more than 18.9million in-person votes have been cast.
The 2020 election could have the highest voter turnout rate in over a century with an estimated 150million Americans predicted to cast their vote for the next president – the highest turnout since 1908. Voters wearing face masks cast their ballots in a vote center at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday
Harriet Harris, 99, of Pekin, Illinois uses a stylus as she votes for the first time using an electronic voting machine during early voting at the Tremont Community Center in Peoria on Friday. Harris has voted in every presidential election since 1944. This year was the first time the lifelong Republican cast a ballot for a Democratic presidential candidate
Voters pictured linked up waiting to cast in their early vote at The Dobbs Ferry Village Hall in Westchester County, New York on Saturday
So far more than 58million Americans have already cast their ballots as of Sunday, with just nine days to go before November 3, according to the US Elections Project, with the most votes cast in Texas, California and Florida
Among the votes that have poured in 49.2 percent were Democrats, 27.8 percent Republican and 22.4 percent with no party affiliation. That data only comes from states that have party registration.
Across the country states have seen long lines at the polls and Americans drop off their mail ballot at secure boxes in the home stretch to Election Day.
In Georgia some people waited in line for more than 10 hours to cast their ballots, with similar sluggish lines reported in Virginia and Ohio.
In New York state, voters jammed polling places and stood in line for hours to cast ballots on the state's first day of early voting on Saturday.
In Wisconsin 1.1million people returned their ballots this week.
Texas has already surpassed 70 percent of total turnout in 2016 with 6.4million Texans, or 37.6 percent of registered voters, casting their ballots by Thursday, with nearly 90 percent of those votes cast in person. In 2016 turnout was 59.2 percent in Texas.
Experts at Decision Desk HQ, a company that processes election and early voting results, now anticipate that between 10 million to 12 million people could vote in the Lone Star state.
A woman walks into the Polk County Auditor's office to cast her early vote Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa
Judge Lauren Ferris campaigns for reelection outside an early voting location in El Paso, Texas on Saturday
In Georgia, some voters waited as long as 10 hours to cast their early vote. Voters in Gwinnett County above Saturday
People arrive to cast their ballots just after sunrise during early voting in Celebration, Florida on Sunday
A voter is assisted by a polling station clerk inside the Staples Center as California in-person early voting for the U.S. Presidential election begins, in Los Angeles on Saturday
A supporter holds his sealed voting ballot as Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at a campaign stop at Northwest Activities Center on Sunday in Detroit, Michigan
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez submits her ballot after participating in early voting at a polling station in The Bronx in New York City on Sunday morning
Derek Ryan, a GOP data analyst, predicted this week that Texas turnout would likely surpass 12 million, or roughly 3 million more voters than 2016 - more than the population of neighboring New Mexico.
'It's hard to say, "Yes, if we reach 12 million then Democrats win," because you never know,' said Abhi Rahman, a spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party. 'But on balance, yes, if we reach 12 million voters we'll win this election.'
In accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s order, Texas voters have an extra six days of early voting with in a bid to disperse crowds at polls due to the coronavirus pandemic, instead of opting for mail-in voting as other states have.
The voting bonanza has some Democrats optimistic that decades of low turnout and undisputed Republican dominance may soon be a thing of the past.
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