Voter turnout 2020: Early voting tops 100 million ballots cast

Voter turnout 2020: Early voting tops 100 million ballots cast

WASHINGTON — At least 101.2 million people, a record, voted early in the presidential election between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden as voters head to the polls on Election Day.

Figures are according to the U.S. Elections Project, which tracks early voting and mail-in ballots returns in states. The tally crossed the century-mark Tuesday morning.

It includes around 36 million in-person early votes and more than 65 million ballots cast by mail. The number will continue to grow as more votes cast before Tuesday are publicized by states.

The massive early voting turnout puts the U.S. on track to likely surpass 150 million voters overall for the election, which would mark the highest turnout of eligible voters by percentage in a presidential election since 1908. That year Republican William Howard Taft defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan with 65.7% of the voting-eligible population participating.