A 9 hour wait? Early voting is shattering previous levels as voters flock to the polls in droves
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Would you be willing to wait more than 9 hours to cast a vote on the very first day of early voting? As you will see below, that is precisely what just happened in Georgia. We have become accustomed to seeing long lines to vote on Election Day, but in 2020 we are witnessing colossal lines to vote three weeks before the election. And this is happening even though tens of millions of Americans will be casting their votes through the mail this year. The numbers that I am going to share with you in this article are eye-popping, and they seem to indicate that there is an unprecedented amount of interest in this election. In recent months there has been a tremendous nationwide effort to encourage people to vote in 2020, and it appears that it is working.
A professor at the University of Florida named Michael McDonald is compiling voting data from all 50 states, and his numbers show that more than 11.9 million Americanshave voted so far in 2020.
But back in 2016, only about 1.4 million voters had cast ballots as of October 16th.
Of course one of the big reasons why so many Americans have voted already is because voting by mail has been aggressively pushed all over the nation this time around.
According to Professor McDonald, a whopping 76,183,844 mail ballots have been requested by voters up to this point. Most of those ballots have not been returned yet, but it is probably safe to assume that most of them eventually will be sent in.
In the end, we could potentially have 50 or 60 million Americans vote by mail, and that is an absolutely staggering number.
To put this in perspective, back in 2016 President Trump received 62 million votes. So for there to be more than 76 million mail ballots floating around out there right now is almost unimaginable.
But even though so many of us will be voting by mail, it certainly has not dampened the enthusiasm for in-person early voting around the nation. When early voting opened in Georgia on Monday, the lines were unlike anything that we have ever seen before. According to CNBC, people were waiting in line for “as long as 9 hours and 39 minutes”…
In-person early voting began Monday morning in Georgia and Tuesday morning in Texas, bringing high turnout and long lines.
NBC News reported on Monday that waits at Georgia voting sites lasted as long as 9 hours and 39 minutes. Counties in the state with large non-White populations in particular reported long lines, supporting research that shows race is a key indicator in how long a voter waits in line at a polling station.
Would you wait in line that long to cast your vote?
If it was me, I think that I would have just come back another day.
But this is how passionate people are about this election. According to the Secretary of State, an all-time record 126,876 votes were cast early in Georgia on Monday alone…
The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that Georgia has broken the record for the amount of people voting in person on the first day of early voting.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 126,876 Georgians voted on Monday. The previous record was about 90,000 voters.
If you can believe it, some Georgia voters were still waiting in line at 10 PM to cast their votes.
Elsewhere, early voting began in Texas on Tuesday, and the number of early votes cast in Harris County also set a brand new record high…