With barely a week to go before the US presidential polls, at least 70 million Americans have already casted their ballots or more than half of the total recorded in the 2016 elections.
The early voting turnout could eventually translate to a higher voter turnout in the coming polls pitting incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic Joe Biden amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
However, Trump blasted the mail balloting system that is part of the early balloting.
“It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on Nov. 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks which is totally inappropriate and I don’t believe that that’s by our laws,” he told the media at the White House. “We’ll see what happens.”
According to reports, Democrats hold roughly a 2-1 advantage in the figures for early voting but the Republicans are catching up.
However, the US polls does not take into account the number of voters on who will win – rather, the winner is the candidate who gets the majority of the 538 electorals scattered over the country’s 50 states. This is called the “electoral college system.”
“National polls are a good guide as to how popular a candidate is across the country as a whole, but they’re not necessarily a good way to predict the result of the election,” a BBC report said.
“In 2016, for example, Hillary Clinton led in the polls and won nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump, but she still lost – that’s because the US uses an electoral college system, so winning the most votes doesn’t always win you the election,” it added. SOVEREIGNPH