Over 160 million votes cast in US presidential election 2020 amid COVID-19 protocols: In pics

Zee Media Bureau | Nov 04, 2020, 16:10 PM IST
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The United States of America, which has been the worst COVID-19 hit country across the world, wasn't bothered much by the outbreak of the virus as it recorded its highest voter turnout in over a century in the US presidential election 2020. 

 

 

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The US has reportedly witnessed over 160 million votes cast in the US presidential election 2020 where the incumbent President Donald Trump is seeking his second term, while his Democratic rival and former US Vice President Joe Biden is giving Trump a neck-and-neck fight.

 

 

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Reports say that a turnout rate of about 67 per cent has been recorded which is higher than the country has witnessed in more than a century.

 

 

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Earlier in the day, the NYT quoted University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, who compiles data from across the nation, as saying that America appeared to be on track to see roughly 160 million total votes cast.

 

"That would mean a turnout rate of about 67 per cent of the eligible voting population -- higher than the United States has seen in more than a century," the NYT said, adding that the last time the turnout was more than 65 per cent was 1908, according to the United States Elections Project.

 

 

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"The huge turnout appeared to be spurred by the momentous issues that have upended the lives of nearly every American, including the surging coronavirus outbreak and the struggling economy, the political passions of the Trump era, and the steps that many states took this year to make voting easier and safer during the pandemic," added the NYT report.

 

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The NYT stated that at least six states -- Texas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Montana -- recorded more votes in early voting than they did during the whole 2016 election. 

 

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