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Analysis: More than 17 million people have *already* voted. The election is still 19 days away.

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

More than 17 million ballots across 44 states and DC have already been cast in the 2020 election, a stunning testament to what could be a a historically high voter turnout fueled by a series of state law changes that allow more mail-in balloting with the coronavirus pandemic still gripping the country.

On Monday in Georgia -- the first day of in-person early voting -- some people waited in lines for as long as 11 hours to cast their ballot.

According to Gallup polling data from earlier this month, more than 6 in 10 Democrats (62%) said they had either already voted or planned to do so before the election whether in-person or by an absentee ballot.

In 2016, the gap was just 2 points: 44% of Democrats planned to vote early as compared to 42% of Republicans In 2012, 37% of voters in each party said they planned to vote early.

In 2004, more Republicans (24%) than Democrats (22%) said they would cast a ballot before Election Day. That monumental shift is driven by two factors: the coronavirus pandemic and President Donald Trump's reaction to it.

Trump's reaction to that has been to suggest, with no evidence, that mail-in balloting is rife with fraud and to encourage his supporters to vote on Election Day in person.

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