Jerusalem24 – Nearly 30 million Americans cast their early votes in the presidential election in November, a record high as voters adjust to the coronavirus pandemic, including in Florida, a crucial state that opened polling Monday to early voting.
Republican President Donald Trump flew to Arizona on Monday, amid indications that Democrats were leading the surge in early voting.
On a conference call with his campaign staff, Trump said, “We’re going to win… I wouldn’t have told you that maybe two or three weeks ago.”
More than 29.6 million votes had been registered, either by mail or in person, in 44 states and Washington, DC, as of mid-afternoon Monday, according to the US Election Project at the University of Florida.
Voters cast more than 21 percent of the total vote in 2016, when more than 136.6 million Americans voted. In 2016, there were 5.9 million early votes by October 23, 16 days before Election Day.
The increase this time is driven by the desire of many voters to avoid the risks of the Corona virus associated with the possible long queues on Election Day on November 3, but it also appears to reflect the enthusiasm among Democrats in particular.