More than 200,000 Alabama absentee votes already cast

Ruben Fields
October 27, 2020

Democrats are more likely to vote by mail and Republicans in person.

"That gives time for our military overseas personal to go and get us the ballots back".

"At the end of the day, it's an election nobody wanted", Johnston said.

Absentee ballots are in high demand and the phrase "record breaking numbers" is popular with boards of elections offices across the country.

She also said many voters appeared eager to vote before Election Day - either in person or via absentee ballot - in part due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In Nevada, where Democrats usually dominate in-person early voting but the state made a decision to send a mail ballot to every voter this year, the GOP has a 42,600 voter edge in-person while Democrats have a 97,500 advantage in mail ballots.

Erie County voters can check the status of their absentee ballot here. Merrill said he is unsure if all of those votes are included in the 206,552 count because some ballots may be waiting to be processed. Still, results are expected in the early morning hours the day after Election Day.

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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Monday that 271,318 absentee ballots have been requested, and a 206,552 of those ballots have been returned.

A day or two after Election Day: Wisconsin, Georgia, Michigan and New Hampshire These states begin counting on Election Day, not in advance. An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the absentee election manager no later than noon on election day. Others will vote on provisional paper ballots that won't be counted until November 10, to ensure voters didn't cast a second ballot through the mail.

One sign of enthusiasm is the large number of new or infrequent voters who have already voted - 25 per cent of the total cast, according to an AP analysis of data from the political data firm L2. Of course, it's not known how many registered partisans supported only their own party, or how the almost 678,000 unaffiliated voters have voted. You can also do your research with the state's online pamphlet.

So far, Democrats - who have encouraged early voting - have been leading the way, but whether that means Mr Biden can breathe easy remains to be seen.

"One concern is that if political figures or the media decide to call the election based on what we're seeing on election night, and then there's a change, a swing towards Joe Biden later that this might be problematic because these people might be concerned and it might undermine the belief in a fair election system", Ognyanova said.

"It's important that we wait until the counting is done and really announced".

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