Here's Where Early Voting, Absentee Votes Stand in Swing States With 14 Days Until Election

As the general election approaches, voters across the U.S. are casting their ballots early in record-breaking numbers.

Most individuals voting early are doing so by mail, after a number of states expanded access to mail-in ballots and encouraged voters to make use of absentee options during the new coronavirus pandemic.

More than 34.03 million people have already cast ballots to vote in the upcoming general election, according to data updated Tuesday by the United States Election Project. The figure is based on voting statistics released by 45 states and Washington, D.C. With November 3 two weeks away, early voting participation across the U.S. is breaking records in 2020. The number of submitted ballots tallied accounts for about 25 percent of all votes cast during the 2016 election, which exceeded 136 million. Of those, about 58 million votes were cast early.

Millions of voters in this year's battleground states—Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—returned ballots, either by mail or in person, as of Monday. Upward of 1.5 million voters have submitted mail-in ballots in Michigan, while close to 900,000 have done the same in Pennsylvania. Numbers show more than two-thirds of mail-in ballots returned in Pennsylvania were cast by Democratic voters.

As of Monday, another 1.2 million mail ballots were returned in Ohio, and more than 780,000 were returned in Arizona. By Tuesday, the Wisconsin Elections Commission reported 915,000 absentee ballots were returned to elections offices. According to figures published by the Minnesota secretary of state's office, close to 1 million absentee ballots were received as of Friday, when the state's data was last updated. The secretary of state's office will continue to share weekly updates each Friday until the general election.

More than 2.8 million people have cast ballots in Florida as of Tuesday. That figure accounts for individuals who cast votes in person and by mail. At least 2.5 million of those votes, almost 90 percent of all ballots cast so far, were submitted by mail. Of those Florida residents who voted in person, roughly 144,500 registered as Republicans, whereas about 140,750 registered as Democrats. Democrats who have already returned mail-in ballots in Florida make up the largest portion of early voters tallied throughout the state. More than 1.2 million Florida Democrats have submitted mail ballots, alongside almost 757,700 Republicans.

All seven swing states will continue to offer in-person voting options during designated periods ahead of the upcoming election, and on Election Day itself. In Wisconsin, in-person early voting commenced on Tuesday and will remain open through November 1. Similar to other states, Wisconsin officials previously mailed absentee ballot applications to all registered voters who prefer to avoid the in-person procedure.

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Wisconsin voters wear face masks while casting their ballots at Washington Park Library in Milwaukee on October 20, when the state's in-person early voting period commenced. Millions of voters in this year's battleground states returned ballots, either by mail or in person, as of Monday. KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images