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Early Voting Turnout in U.S. Election Has Already Reached Half of 2016 Total

  • Total early and mail-in ballots cast tops 71 million so far
  • Many states expanded mail-in voting in response to pandemic
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Americans have already cast more than half the total votes counted in 2016, as voters show intense enthusiasm and take precautions against the coronavirus pandemic.

With 6 days left to go until Election Day, more than 71 million early votes have been cast as of early Wednesday morning, 51.6% of the total turnout from th 2016 general election, according to the U.S. Elections Project, which tracks early voting. That includes 47.8 million votes cast by mail-in ballots and 23.3 million in-person votes. There were 47.2 million total early votes cast in the 2016 election.