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Over 10mn Americans have already voted in US presidential election

Voters cast their ballots inside of State Farm Arena, Georgia's largest early voting location, for the first day of early voting in the general election on October 12, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by AFP)

More than ten million American early-voters have cast their ballots for the November 3 presidential election, according to data compiled by the US Elections Project.

As of Monday night, some 10.4 million Americans have cast votes in states that report early voting data, The US Elections Project at the University of Florida said.

It said this year’s early votes are multiple times higher than those cast in 2016.

Only 1.4 million Americans had cast an early vote by October 16, 2016.

The Elections Project said the number of ballots cast in five states - Minnesota, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin – has already exceeded 20 percent of total 2016 turnout.

The Elections Project said that the number is a record three weeks before the Election Day.

Americans who take part in early voting use mail-in balloting. The surge in this year’s early voting comes as health concerns are high amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Early balloting has particularly increased among Democrats this year.

US President Donald Trump has rejected mail-in voting and made allegations of widespread fraud ahead of his contest with Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Trump has raised the alarm about possible voter fraud in the November election, saying the situation is “out of control” and the vote is “rigged.”

“Breaking News: 50,000 OHIO VOTERS getting WRONG ABSENTEE BALLOTS. Out of control. A Rigged Election!!!” Trump tweeted on Friday, after he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the reelection bid to Biden.

Last month, Trump refused to commit to leave office peacefully if he lost the election.

American political commentator and journalist Thomas Friedman has warned that the United States could be headed towards a second civil war after Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and relinquish his office should he lose in the election.

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