Mas­sive early turnout na­tion­wide in pres­i­den­tial vote

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY SHANT SHAHRIGIAN

Mil­lions of vot­ers mailed bal­lots and en­dured long lines at polling sites over the week­end.

Al­most 60 mil­lion Amer­i­cans had voted for pres­i­dent as of Sun­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to The Guardian.

Cal­i­for­nia and Texas had the big­gest early turnout so far, with each state re­ceiv­ing more than 5 mil­lion votes through the week­end, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Elec­tions Project.

The pan­demic partly ex­plained the turnout, but a po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist noted many Amer­i­cans view this pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as the most im­por­tant of their life­times.

“Peo­ple are de­ter­mined to ex­press them­selves and we all know why: Don­ald Trump.

That in­cludes his base: The cult is go­ing to sup­port the cult leader,” Larry Sa­bato, founder and di­rec­tor of the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia’s Cen­ter for Pol­i­tics, told The Guardian.

“But there are more, maybe quite a bit more, who want to end this night­mare,” he added.

Among early vot­ers, Democrats out­num­bered Repub­li­cans, though the gap has started to nar­row.

On Oct. 15, Democrats cast 51% of bal­lots, com­pared with 25% from Repub­li­cans, ac­cord­ing to The Associated Press. But on Sun­day, Democrats had a slightly smaller lead — 51% to 31%.

In New York, vot­ers com­plained of long lines at 88 polling sites that opened Satur­day. Mayor de Bla­sio was nowhere to be seen dur­ing the process, but Gov. Cuomo slammed the city Board of Elec­tions.

“Time af­ter time, the New York City Board of Elec­tions has failed to per­form for the peo­ple of New York,” he said dur­ing a call with re­porters. “Therewill be a lot of ques­tions when this elec­tion is over, and they will have to an­swer them. They will be held ac­count­able.”

AP

Peo­ple were will­ing to brave long line to cast bal­lots in Yonkers as early vot­ing be­gan in New York over the week­end.

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