Record avalanche of early votes transforms the 2020 election

Posted at 5:35 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 17:35:02-04

(AP) — A record-setting amount of early voting has changed the 2020 election.

Nearly 21 million people have voted so far, which is about 15% of all votes cast in 2016. Experts predict there may be higher turnout in this election than in any presidential contest since 1908.

Democrats so far are overwhelmingly more engaged than Republicans. That does not necessarily mean Democrats will win the election, because most Republicans are expected to vote on Election Day. President Donald Trump has persuaded many of his voters to avoid mail voting that has fueled much of the early turnout.