More than 10 million Americans have already voted in the US election, data from the United States Elections Project, led by University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald, shows.
According to late Monday data, US voters have cast a total of 10,296,180 ballots in the reporting states, with Florida, Virginia and Michigan in the lead (over 1.6 million votes, over 977,000 votes and more than 965,000 votes, respectively).
Taking into account party registration data in some states, there are over 2.5 million returned ballots from Democrats (out of a total of over 22.3 million requested), while Republicans have over one million ballots returned out of more than 13 million requested.
On Sunday, the US Elections Project data showed that over 9.3 million Americans had already voted.
In the 2016 US election, about 130 million Americans voted.
Reacting to a Tampa Bay Times report that she had mailed in 11 ballots over the course of a decade, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reasserted Thursday that she is entitled to mail-in voting and defended President Trump’s stance on the issue.
Appearing on America’s Newsroom” with hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith, McEnany explained that the president had been “very clear” on the issue.
“Every American is entitled to vote the way that I did,” she said. “If you are someone who is working out of state but your domicile is in a different state, you are absolutely entitled to request an absentee ballot and to cast your ballot by mail. I am entitled to that. The average voter is entitled to that.”
About 20 Charleston County absentee ballots were found in Maryland this week as the Democrat Party’s effort to gradually move all states to vote-by-mail continues, while the GOP warns that such moves will lead to voter fraud, inaccuracy, and abuse.
According to Charleston’s Post and Courier, the ballots “have since made their way to Charleston-area voters, state and county election officials said, but it is just the latest problem with SeaChange Print Innovations, which prints and mails absentee ballots for 13 S.C. counties.”
Three statewide races in Florida are headed to a recount and all depend on results from a county whose supervisor of elections has a history of losing ballots and breaking laws by allowing illegal immigrants and felons to vote, as well as illegally destroying ballots.
Broward County supervisor of elections Brenda Snipes’ office has admitted “they don’t know” how many ballots there are still to count.
Snipes’ latest failure to finalize Tuesday’s election returns days after the polls closed is also in violation of Florida law, which requires elections officials to “report all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results to the Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close. Thereafter, the canvassing board shall report, with the exception of provisional ballot results, updated precinct election results to the department at least every 45 minutes until all results are completely reported.”
…President Trump threw another wrench into the evening, announcing on Twitter that “Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach.” He did not elaborate, but speaking to Fox News’ “Hannity,” Scott said he had directed a Florida law enforcement agency to probe the matter.
“Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes,” Scott told reporters. “By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000.”
He continued: “On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night.