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Administrative member of charter plane company that Biden flies on tests positive for Covid-19

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An administrative member of the aviation company that charters Joe Biden’s plane tested positive for Covid-19, according to campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon.

Greenville, North Carolina — Both Republicans and Democrats who lined up to vote here on Thursday said they decided to come out on the first day of early voting in North Carolina because they harbored serious misgivings about the safety of voting by mail.

The comments come as President Trump attempts to raise questions about the election because of the adoption of mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I thought it was very important to get out here and vote because I wasn’t sure about mail in voting,” said Teronica Felton from Pitt County.

Felton, a 38-year old Black woman who was voting for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, said she had never voted by mail and wanted “to go with what I knew. ” 

Bernie and Elaine Pittman, two grandparents who are backing Trump, said that they put their concerns about the virus aside when coming to vote.

With 19 days until Election Day, more than 17 million ballots have already been cast in 44 states and the District of Columbia, according to survey of voting data from CNN, Edison Research and Catalist.

Almost 10 million of those votes come from the 16 states that CNN rates the most competitive in the presidential election.

Today is the first day of early voting in the critical state of North Carolina, but mail-in ballots started going out more than a month ago.

This data does not predict the outcome of any race, as polling around the country shows Democrats prefer to vote early or by mail, and Republicans prefer to vote in-person on Election Day.

Compared to 2016, White voters currently make up a smaller share of those who have voted so far, while Black voters make up a larger share.

At this point in 2016, voters 65 or older made up 60% of those who had cast votes; now they make up only 49%.

Voters 30-39, 40-49 and 50-64 also make up larger shares of the electorate so far, while the share of votes from those 22-29 has dropped slightly from four years ago.

For a second day in a row, more than 100,000 voters cast their votes in Harris County, Texas, according to County Clerk Chris Hollins.

They said there were 377,477 ballots cast in person during the early voting tally as of Wednesday after the polls closed, the third day of early voting in the state.

On Oct. 19, 2016, the end of the third day of early voting four years ago, there were 258,900 ballots cast in person across Georgia.

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