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Texas voters cast more than 4.6 million votes in first week of early voting

October 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Voters line up and wit to cast a ballot at the American Airlines Center during early voting Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

More than 4.6 million people cast their vote in Texas during the first seven days of early voting, according to data posted on the Texas Secretary of State website Tuesday morning. That represents a little more than 27% of registered voters.

More than 4. 6 million people cast their vote in Texas during the first seven days of early voting, according to data posted on the Texas Secretary of State website Tuesday morning.

The key swing state of Wisconsin kicked off early in-person voting today.

"I voted early because I wanted to get It out of the way to avoid a lot of the longer lines on election day," he said.

In 2016, 75,305 absentee ballots were cast total during the general election cycle, according to Election Day tallies from the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office.

Absentee ballots accounted for about 10% of the total votes cast in New Hampshire during the 2016 general election.

That election went forward over Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' objections after the state Supreme Court rejected his effort to delay the primary due to coronavirus, and the US Supreme Court reversed a lower court allowing extra days for voters to return ballots by mail.

Like other states, Wisconsin has seen a major influx of absentee ballots returned: As of Monday morning, Wisconsin voters had returned more than 863,000 absentee ballots, according to data from the state Elections Commission.

State and local election officials say they believe the steps they've taken will make for a smoother election this time around, including ramping up the number of poll workers in each county, keeping voters outside if possible and giving poll workers protective equipment and plexiglass barriers.

The Wisconsin Election Commission has focused on hiring poll workers for Election Day, and Meagan Wolfe, the commission's chief official, said last week the state was only about 180 workers short out of 30,000 needed.

More than 3 million voters have requested to vote early in Michigan, according to the Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

More than 339,000 Floridians cast their ballots in-person on Monday, the first day of early-in person voting in the state, according to data from the Florida Department of State, contributing to a record number of overall ballots cast.

The data show about 3,800 more registered Republicans than Democrats voted in-person, though about 50,000 voters with no party affiliation also cast their ballots in-person Monday.

There have been more than 32 million ballots cast in the 46 states and DC that are reporting data, according to information from CNN, Edison and Catalist.

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