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US election: Over half the 2016 vote already cast

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    Early voting in the US election has now topped 70 million, more than half of the total turnout in 2016 US election: Over half the 2016 vote already cast
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Early voting in the US election has now topped 70 million, more than half of the total turnout in 2016

More than 70 million Americans have cast ballots in the US presidential election, over half the total turnout of the 2016 election, according to a new tally.

With one week to go until Election Day on November 3, Americans have sent in ballots in record numbers, driven by the impact of the coronavirus on voting.

According to a tally by the US Elections Project, the election could lead to the highest voter turnout in percentage terms in more than a century, is the latest sign of intense interest in the contest between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Democrats hold a significant advantage in early voting due to their embrace of mail balloting, which Republicans have historically cast in large numbers but have shunned amid repeated and unfounded attacks by Mr Trump, who says the system is prone to widespread fraud.

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Many of those casting their ballots early are seeking to reduce their exposure to coronavirus

Joe Biden campaigned in the key state of Georgia on Tuesday, which Democrats hope to wrest from Republicans

He made a scathing attack on Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying the president had failed the US

President Trump held rallies in Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska

Trump again questioned the integrity of the election, saying it would be "inappropriate" to take extra time to count postal votes

Trump will hold two rallies today in Arizona – a battleground state where polls suggest Biden has the edge

Biden will give a speech near his home in Delaware on his plans to combat Covid-19 and protect Americans with pre-existing health conditions