Friday, 4 Dec 2020

The one word to keep handy as America counts the votes in an election like no other

Americans voted yesterday in an election that was already half over. Before the polling stations opened, nearly 100 million voters had had their say in early or mail-in voting, which is more than two-thirds of the total number of votes cast in the 2016 election that brought President Donald Trump to power.

It is safe to say that the turnout, that has ranged from 50 to 57 per cent in elections since 2000, will be one for the record books. It could be the stuff of landslides even, overwhelming the election machinery, creating snaking, restive queues and a painfully long gestation period for results.

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