In total, the total number of ballots to be distributed already exceeds approximately 50 million ballots on election day submitted in 2016, although not all of these ballots will be returned.
The requests of registered Democrats are ahead of the requests of Republicans for more than 1.3 million requests among the most competitive states of CNN, which now report these data. However, many ballots received by mail are not returned, but requests do not include election results.
In the critical state of North Carolina on Wednesday, the number of absentee ballots exceeded 1million. So far in the 2016 cycle, only about 85,000 voters have applied for ballots, according to the North Carolina State Election Commission.
Democrats make up about 49% of absentee ballots in Tar-Pyat, but only about 36% of state-registered voters.
Florida data shows a similar story, when nearly 4.9 million active registered voters in Sunshine have already applied to vote in the general election.
State Democrats make up about 46% of those who asked for ballots, but only 37% of active registered voters. By comparison, Republicans make up more than 31% of those who demand ballots, but more than 35% of active registered voters.
Republicans could fill that gap on election day. According to a recent CNN poll, 57% of supporters of President Donald Trump in North Carolina and 83% of supporters in Wisconsin said they plan to vote in person on November 3, compared with only 22% of supporters of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in North Carolina and 28% in Wisconsin.
Half a million ballots have already been cast
Nationwide, more than half a million ballots have already been cast in 12 states, including nearly 200,000 from North Carolina and more than 3,000 from Florida as of Thursday.
Approximately two dozen states have started absentee or early voting in person, which means that there is more public data on voter turnout and turnout.
CNN will monitor this information during election day and publish regular updates.
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Fifteen states surveyed have already received more absentee ballots than the total number of votes cast on election day in 2016.
In Pennsylvania, where ballots are now available to all voters on request, there were nearly 2.2 million requests as of Thursday, about eight times the slightly more than 286,000 votes cast before the 2016 election.
Ohio’s secretary of state said this week that local election commissions had received more than 1,784,000 absentee ballots. This is more than twice the number received simultaneously in 2016.
“One of the main reasons Ohio is considered the national leader in absentee voting is because we’ve been doing it this way for almost two decades,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a statement earlier this week. “You do something when you train, and Ohio is ready to play.”
This year, nearly a dozen states have changed their rules to expand mail voting from all voters due to the coronavirus pandemic. Four states and Washington, DC, have gone to the polls by mail, where all voters automatically receive ballots without request.
Today, Michigan has nearly 2.4 million ballot requests – “more than ever,” according to the secretary of state. This is four times more requests than at the moment four years ago.
“Michigan has already held three successful elections this year, and we are ready to see more success and a record turnout in the general election,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a speech on Thursday. “Voters can safely and securely vote for a missing person at home, early in the local office or at their polling station on election day.”
Trump won in Wolverine by less than 11,000 votes in 2016. Michigan voters approved a voting measure in 2018 to give any registered voter the opportunity to vote absent.
In Wisconsin, where Trump and Biden recently spoke, as of Thursday, more than 1.1 million voters had already applied for absences. That’s more than the total number of Wisconsin voters who voted before election day, either by mail or in person, in 2016.
“Elections are currently underway,” Wisconsin election commission administrator Megan Wolf said Thursday. “Since 1.1 million absentee ballots have already been cast, this is almost a third of the turnout we usually see in elections.”
Lauren Peller and Bob Ortega of CNN participated in this report.