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More than a third of registered voters have already voted

October 28, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 27: A man photographs himself depositing his ballot in an official ballot drop box while a long line of voters queue outside of Philadelphia City Hall at the satellite polling station on October 27, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the election only a week away, this new form of in-person voting by using mail ballots has enabled tens of millions of voters to cast their ballots before the general election. Vying to recapture the Keystone State's vital 20 electoral votes in order to bolster his reelection prospects, President Donald Trump held three rallies throughout Pennsylvania yesterday. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

More than a third of registered voters -- 74 million Americans -- have already voted with six days left until Election Day, an unprecedented shift driven by the coronavirus pandemic and interest in the presidential race.

As of Wednesday afternoon, about 35% of registered voters have already cast ballots ahead of November 3, according to a survey of election officials in all 50 states and Washington, DC, by CNN, Edison Research and Catalist.

The top three states with the highest percentage of registered voters who have already cast ballots are Montana, Washington state and Colorado - all have extensive mail-in balloting this year.

Montana leads all states with about 56% of registered voters already having cast ballots.

Washington follows, where about 53% of registered voters have already cast ballots already returned, and Colorado is just behind at 52%.

In an additional 13 states, at least 40% of registered voters have also cast ballots.

New Hampshire (18%) and Pennsylvania (22%) are the key states that have seen the smallest share of voters cast ballots already.

Both states are allowing any voter to vote by mail for the first time this year, but neither has a tradition of extensive pre-election voting.

Some states may have different rules for determining which voters are eligible to cast ballots for the general election, and many states also allow for same-day registration on Election Day. It's not clear how much of the record-breaking early vote comes from people who would have voted on Election Day and how much represents additional turnout this year.

Twenty-three states and DC have also crossed their halfway marks for total 2016 ballots cast, including eight of the 16 key states -- Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Pre-Election Day voting is skyrocketing nationwide amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and states are reporting record-breaking turnout as voters are energized to vote by mail or early in person before November.

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