State election officers throughout the US are reporting file numbers of voters casting their ballots forward of election day on 3 November. More than 22m Americans had voted early by Friday, both in particular person or by mail, in accordance with the US Election Project. At the identical level within the 2016 race, about 6m votes had been solid. Experts say the surge in early voting correlates to the coronavirus pandemic, which has induced many individuals to hunt options to election day voting. Why we’d not get a consequence on election evening On Tuesday, Texas, a state that has comparatively tight restrictions on who can qualify for postal voting, set a file for many ballots solid on the primary day of early voting. On Monday, the Columbus Day federal vacation, officers in Georgia reported126,876 votes solid – additionally a state file. In Ohio, a vital swing state, greater than 2.3m postal ballots have been requested, double the determine in 2016. Reports point out that registered Democrats have to this point outvoted registered Republicans – casting greater than double the variety of ballots. And of those early voting Democrats, ladies and black Americans are voting in significantly excessive numbers. Some are motivated by dislike for Donald Trump, whereas others have been energised by racial justice protests all throughthe summer time following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. World reacts to lengthy queues of voters in US What is US row over postal service about? But this early benefit doesn’t imply that Democrats can already declare victory. Republicans, who declare postal voting is susceptible to fraud, say Democrats might win the early vote, however that Republicans will present up in massive numbers on election day. According to a 2017 examine by the Brennan Center for Justice, the speed of voting fraud general within the US is between 0.00004% and 0.0009%. The huge numbers of voters have led to lengthy strains, with some individuals ready for as much as 11 hours for a chance to vote. Younger individuals, who traditionally have been tough to get to the polls, seem like turning out in bigger numbers this yr. The youth vote often is the highest its been since 2008 for the election of Barack Obama – the nation‘s first black president. A latest survey by Axios discovered that 4 in 10 college college students mentioned they deliberate to protest if Mr Trump wins. Six in 10 mentioned they might disgrace pals who might vote however select to not. By distinction, solely 3% of surveyed college students mentioned they might protest if Joe Biden was elected.