More than 100 million Americans voted at the start of the 2020 presidential election, and the turnout could set a record for the highest turnout in more than 100 years.
According to an estimate by University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald, who runs the US Elections Project data website for impartial voting, more than 160 million people may have voted in the 2020 presidential election. This means 66.9% of eligible Americans have cast one vote in the election – the highest rate since 1900, when 73.7% of Americans voted.
What makes the 2020 turnout even more impressive is the fact that it happened during a pandemic that killed more than 220,000 Americans in less than a year.
According to Spectrum News, the early voting in that election was 70% of the 2016 voter turnout. In 2016, 58 million Americans voted early by mail or at early personal polling stations.
According to Vox, several factors led to the most significant turnout in more than a century, including greater voter reach, especially among minorities on social media platforms and the internet, the impact of the pandemic on the economy and low-income individuals and families in all parts of the world the country, the unpopularity of Donald Trump and the expansion of early voting in many states.
Spectrum added that the state of Texas, a state known for its low turnout in elections, has cast more than 9.7 million ballots, more than 108% of the state's total turnout since the 2016 election. The state, which Most exceeding its 2016 voter turnout was Hawaii with 484,000 votes cast, or 110.6% of the 2016 voter turnout for Hawaii.
In Georgia, which is still counting votes as of Monday morning, many have recognized Stacey Abrams for turning Georgia around by registering more than 800,000 black men and women in the state to vote on the Abrams New Georgia Project.
"There's been a lot of work, but Stacey really is the architect of what Georgia built," said Dubose Porter, former Georgia Democratic Party leader and Abrams mentor. "Stacey's vision was to reach out to new voters, register them, talk to them – and then give them a reason to vote."
Yahoo News reported that Abrams is still working hard on Sunday as it has already raised $ 3.6 million for the Georgia Senate Democratic candidates who would give Democrats full control of the White House, House of Representatives and Senate.