The 2020 US presidential election recorded the highest turnout in 120 years, a leading electoral expert said.
According to preliminary estimates from Project US Election, a non-partisan site that tracks voting, an estimated 239 million people were eligible to vote this year, of which nearly 160 million exercised their franchise rights. The figure will likely be updated in the coming weeks.
The November 3 election saw a record turnout of 66.9%, the highest turnout since 1900. The 1900 election had 73.7% turnout, he said. .
“The 2020 presidential election saw the highest turnout in 120 years. There is still a lot of guesswork about the ballots pending to be counted,” said Michael P McDonald, associate professor of political science at the ‘University of Florida, which runs the United States. Electoral project.
In 2016, the United States recorded a participation rate of 56%, compared to 58% in 2008.
Minnesota and Maine, according to the US Election Project, had the highest turnout this year at 79.2% each, followed by Iowa at 78.6%.
Maine and Iowa were won by President Donald Trump and Minnesota by Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Other states that polled over 70% voter turnout were Colorado (77.1%), Connecticut (71.1%), Delaware (70.8%), Florida (72.9%), Maryland (72.2%), Massachusetts (73.4%). %), Michigan (73.5%) and Montana (72.3%).
Arkansas recorded the lowest turnout of 56.1 percent, according to preliminary estimates.
Time magazine said the above-average voter turnout in 2020 is remarkable, as the United States generally has one of the worst voter turnout rates in the world.
In a Pew Research ranking of voter turnout in the most recent national elections, the United States is placed 30th out of 35 countries.
The highest turnout since 120 resulted in high voting support for both Biden and Trump. As of Thursday afternoon, Biden had received more than 72 million votes, eight million more than Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Trump has accumulated more than 68.5 million votes so far, which is the highest Republican turnout.
According to Pew, in 2019, non-Hispanic white Americans, at 69 percent, made up the largest share of registered voters in the United States. Registered Hispanic and black voters each make up 11 percent, while those of other racial or ethnic backgrounds make up the remaining 8 percent.