This year, an unprecedented number of Americans are seizing the opportunity to vote early. This is due both to the extremely emotional attitude towards the leading candidates, and to the desire to avoid crowding of people at the polling stations in a pandemic.
Six days before the official election day, more than 71 million people have already voted, which is more than half of the total turnout in 2016, when 138.8 million people voted.
About two-thirds of those who voted sent their ballots by mail, while the rest voted in early polling stations across the country.
Experts say turnout in this election may be the highest since 1908, when 65 percent of the country’s eligible voters voted.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, his Democrat rival Joe Biden, and their campaign partners, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris, continue to campaign.
Spotlight on Arizona
Both Trump and Harris perform on Wednesday in Arizona, the southwestern state near the Mexican border, where Trump was victorious in 2016.
But now polls in a state where no Democratic presidential candidates have won since 1996 show Biden is leading by a narrow margin.
This state accounts for 11 of the 270 electoral votes that Trump or Biden will need to win. The winner of the US presidential election is not determined by universal suffrage, but by the Electoral College, which consists of 538 members.
Typically, all state electoral college votes go to the candidate with the most votes in each of the 50 states, with the most populous states having the greatest influence.
Trump holds two daytime rallies in Arizona, in Bullhead City and Goodyear.
Harris meets with Hispanic businesswomen in Tucson in the morning and with a group of African American leaders in Phoenix, the state’s largest city, in the afternoon. In the evening, she has a rally scheduled, where pop singer Alisha Keys will perform.
Biden discusses coronavirus with experts
Biden is meeting with health experts on Wednesday to hear their assessments of the epidemiological situation, after which he will talk about his plans to contain the spread of the virus. He will later take part in a virtual fundraising event.
Trump went on to say this week that the country is nearing the end of the fight against the virus, although infections in the US are on the rise.
Pence is holding rallies in two key Midwestern states, Wisconsin and Michigan, where Trump won in 2016 but is now behind Biden.
National polls show Biden is 7-8 percent ahead of Trump, but the gap is roughly half that in key states likely to determine the Electoral College vote.