Early voting breaks record two weeks before election day

With 15 days to go into Election Day, voting is already underway in 34 states and the District of Columbia, and more than 7.5 million people have already voted, either in person or by mail. Some states have already broken the early voting record set in the 2020 presidential election.

But, as CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reports, the vote hasn’t happened without incident. Some voters in the Phoenix area say people with guns and tactical gear approach them at a ballot location when they cast their vote. Others said they were chased after the vote.

Arizona is one of several states where Republicans who question the fairness of the 2020 election are themselves on the ballot.

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High turnout has been recorded during early voting in Georgia.

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In Georgia this weekend, more than 80,000 voters showed up on one day alone – a 159% increase from the same day of early voting four years ago.

Liberty County, Ga. One voter of Nancy Franklin described her experience: “No lines. Just present my ID, they process, straight to the machines, and out!”

Similar news is coming from major states like North Carolina and Florida.

Democrats – who usually hold the lead in early voting – are now urging supporters to hold elections.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “I’m concerned about the level of voter turnout among young people and working people who will vote Democratic.”

Meanwhile, CBS News has confirmed that, behind the scenes, former President Donald Trump is encouraging Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania to repeal Act 77, which allows all voters in the state to cast ballots by mail. .

The 2019 law, which enables “no excuse” mail-in voting, was upheld by the state’s Supreme Court earlier this year. Trump, who attacked and discouraged mail-in voting in 2020, lost Pennsylvania to President Joe Biden by 81,660 votes.

ballot box “spectators”

Two armed men wearing tactical gear were on site at a ballot drop box in Mesa, Arizona, on Friday. They left after the Maricopa County Sheriff’s representative arrived at the scene.

Maricopa County Elections

In Arizona, election officials are concerned about alleged voter intimidation in the city of Mesa. Voters say armed men were kept in tactical gear near the ballot drop box on Friday. Voters were reportedly approached and chased last week.

“The Justice Department has in the past considered things like videotaping voters, taking pictures of voters trying to vote, following them, intimidating behavior,” said election law contributor David Baker for CBS News.

Meanwhile, a Florida judge has dismissed a case against a man arrested by Governor Ron DeSantis’ election police unit in August. He was one of nearly two dozen people issued voter IDs, but was later arrested and charged with “wrong voting” as a criminal who was not eligible.

The matter was thrown up as the judge held that the prosecution did not have jurisdiction in the matter. Appeals are expected, but the verdict sets a precedent for matters to come.

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