Voter Turnout

By: Pari Apostolakos

According to the U.S. Elections project, a record-breaking 100.8 million early voters cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election. This includes 35 million in person early votes as well as 65 million ballots cast by mail.

According to USA Today, these figures will continue to increase as states publicize the number of votes cast before election day.

Those who waited until election day to do their civic duty lined up in person, masks and all in cities like Chicago. The United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls, has been converted into a polling place for all Chicago residents to utilize.

For some, this election marks a record date for them, being the first time they can vote in an election as an American citizen.

According to USA Today, the previous early voting record is 47 million people in the 2016 presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 138.8 million people total voted in the 2016 election, or 60.1 percent of the eligible voter population. For the first time in modern American history more ballots are projected to have been cast early than on election day.