Early voting begins across New York State today, as voters have nine days to cast their ballots prior to 3 November election day.
According to schedule released by the state government, the New York early voting will run till Nov. 1. No voting on Nov. 2.
“This is the first time in history that New Yorkers can vote early in a presidential election. Make your voice heard,” tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday.
This year, registered voters can vote three ways: by absentee ballot, in-person early voting, or in-person voting on Election Day, said the release.
For the Nov. 3 Election all registered voters can request for an absentee ballot if concerned about COVID-19.
Nationwide, early voting rates have dramatically surged this year, as President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigned for the White House.
According to the US Elections Project, run by the University of Florida’s Michael McDonald, more than 51 million people have voted already, either in person or by mail as of Friday morning.
It means at least 4 million more people have voted in this year early voting compared to early voting in 2016.
And the early vote totals in Texas (6.4 million votes), North Carolina (2.7 million votes), California (5.8 million votes) already exceed the total number of people who voted for Donald Trump in those same states in 2016.
So far in 2020, the country has already cast 37 percent of the total votes counted in the 2016 general election