US Election 2020 LIVE Updates: The latest tally of early voting in the U.S. shows that almost 102 million Americans cast their votes before Election Day, an eye-popping total that represents 73 percent of the total turnout of the 2016 presidential election.
The Associated Press tally reveals that the early vote in several states, including hotly-contested Texas and Arizona, has already exceeded the total vote of four years ago.
More than 99.5 million early votes have been cast so far. Additionally, about 28.2 million mail ballots are yet to be returned to polling authorities. As a result, over 100 million votes would have been cast and recorded even before Election Day.
Counting of votes is underway in some states, but the numbers are not disclosed until polling concludes. There are many other states where counting can only begin after polling ends. The election result is typically clear on election night (the following morning in India). But, it is widely expected that counting will take more time this year due to a large number of mail ballots.
A day before the US elections, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said, “I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president. I will work with Democrats and Republicans, and I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as for those who do. Because that’s the job of a president,”
The eve of Election Day 2020 was packed with rallies; US President Donald Trump visited four battlegrounds states Monday — North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — while his Democratic challenger Joe Biden spent his day in Pennsylvania supported by former president Barack Obama, who made stops in Florida and Ohio.
Besides the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, there are many other political groups in fray. However, they do not enjoy enough popularity.