States experience record early voting turnout amid pandemic Election Day is still 19 days away, but voting — both in-person and by mail — has started around the country, shattering voter turnout records. Huge Absentee Vote in Key States Favors Democrats So FarIn Wisconsin, about 146,000 people voted by mail in the 2016 general election. This fall, about 647,000 people have already voted absentee, many in Democratic strongholds. Democrats are building a big lead with mail-in and early voting, but Republicans could dominate the vote on Election DayPresident Donald Trump's months-long campaign demonizing vote by mail has caused sharp partisan divides in how Americans plan to vote. More than 14 million Americans have cast ballots in early voting so far: analysisWeeks before Election Day, 14 million people have already voted in the presidential election, according to an analysis by the United States Election Project.