Haunted by the specter of a potentially fragile election system, Americans are voting early in unprecedented numbers — a possible harbinger of record turnout for a modern-day election in the U.S.
With 19 days to go before the Nov. 3 election, about 18.4 million Americans had mailed in ballots or cast votes in person by the end of Thursday. If that pace continues, the U.S. will mark a first: more votes cast before election day than on it.
In Georgia, some voters waited at polling stations for as long as 11 hours, lining up across parking lots and around strip malls with folding chairs, parasols and coolers. In Vermont, the all-mail-in vote had already reached 35% of the total vote for 2016. And New Jersey, Wisconsin and Virginia voters had cast a quarter of the number of the total ballots submitted in their states four years ago.
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