Early voting in 2020 vs. 2016: These maps will show you which states are seeing bigger turnout so far
Among the states that report party affiliation (not all of them do), here’s how the votes break down by party:
You can check out the full numbers and interactive map on the U.S. Elections Project website. The site’s creators caution that these numbers should not be seen as indicating that either Donald Trump or Joe Biden is “winning” the election so far. Suffice it to say, election officials will have a lot of counting to do next week.
How do 2020 numbers compare to 2016?
As the Washington Post reports, about 139 million people voted in 2016, so we’re already at more than half of the total votes cast in that election.
If we’re looking at just early votes, the Associated Press has been keeping track of how 2020 compares with 2016.
In all but a handful of states, early-voting numbers have far exceeded 2016 levels. Here are some standouts as of October 28, per AP:
You can see the full dataset and map here.
Worth noting that all these numbers are sure to change even more dramatically in the coming days as more voters aim to avoid Election Day lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of early voters has more than doubled in just the past 10 days and we’re now in the home stretch. So go vote!