For the last several years, early voting in some states has been significant, but never this significant. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, states loosened restrictions on absentee ballots, expanded in-person early voting, and launched mass mail-in balloting to keep the election from becoming a superspreader event in the pandemic.
Americans have responded with a record-shattering early turnout — although how much of a record is still unclear. NBC announced a total early vote count of “nearly 97 million”:
Nearly 97M Americans have already cast their vote early, shattering records. It's important to remember today is the last day to cast votes, not the last day for votes to be counted. pic.twitter.com/I5rrBgECUD
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 3, 2020