November 4, 2020 at 6:33 am EST
Voter turnout is at the highest level in more than a century
Because Scott Clement and John Wagner
The turnout rate in this year’s fiercely controversial presidential election is at its highest pace in more than a century.
Edison Research estimated that more than 1
57 million votes were cast for the president, accounting for 65.7% of voters.
This is up from 60.1% of voters to vote in the 2016 presidential election and will be the highest since 1908 – when 65.7% of voters are eligible to vote. (That was before the 19th Amendment was passed, which guaranteed the right to vote for women).
This year’s spike comes after the 2018 midterm elections, in which 50% of eligible voters voted – up from 37% and the highest in over a century.