Photos: Americans turn out in massive numbers for early voting

Voters are setting records for early voting in the 2020 election.

November 3, 2020, 12:04 PM

Americans have turned out in massive numbers for early voting in the 2020 general election. There was early voting in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., this year.

According to the United States Elections Project, an unprecedented 100,298,838 million Americans cast early votes before polls opened on Election Day, including 35,733,103 in-person votes. Across the country, states saw record turnouts.

PHOTO: Voters in Virginia's 7th district wait in line to vote at the Henrico County Registrar's office on the first day of early voting, Sept. 18, 2020, in Henrico, Va.
Voters in Virginia's 7th district wait in line to vote at the Henrico County Registrar's office on the first day of early voting, Sept. 18, 2020, in Henrico, Va.
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There's a sense of urgency and high interest in the outcome of the presidential election between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden which is motivating voters.

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the landscape of the 2020 election. Voters have benefitted from the expansion of mail-in ballot options and early voting. Curbside voting such as the option offered to elderly and disabled voters in Virginia has been expanded in many locations as an option to all voters. Harris County in Texas created a drive-thru voting option this year, with portable voting machines providing a "safer, socially-distant alternative to walk-in voting."

PHOTO: Election workers Tim McLeod and Cybil Usual assist a voter casting a ballot curbside on the first day of early voting at the Office of Elections satellite location at Southpoint in Spotsylvania, Va., Sept. 18, 2020.
Election workers Tim McLeod and Cybil Usual assist a voter casting a ballot curbside on the first day of early voting at the Office of Elections satellite location at Southpoint in Spotsylvania, Va., Sept. 18, 2020.
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Many Americans, anxious about postal delays and challenges to mail-in ballots, decided to vote in-person ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3. In Georgia, New York, and many other states, people waited hours to cast their ballots. Entertainment, including a marching band in New York City, and free food have helped those waiting to pass the time.

PHOTO: Voters line up to cast ballots outside Madison Square Garden, which is being used as a polling station, on the first day of early voting in New York City, Oct. 24, 2020.
Voters line up to cast ballots outside Madison Square Garden, which is being used as a polling station, on the first day of early voting in New York City, Oct. 24, 2020.
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In August, four major sports leagues -- the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL -- announced a joint initiative to support in-person voting, which included opening the doors of stadiums around the country to be used as polling sites. Fenway Park in Boston, Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the Staples Center in Los Angeles are among those ushering in voters.

PHOTO: People wait in line on social distancing markers outside an advance voting station  in Houston, Oct. 16, 2020.
People wait in line on social distancing markers outside an advance voting station in Houston, Oct. 16, 2020.
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People in Houston wait in line on social distancing markers outside an advance polling station.

Texas shattered its 2016 voting record with at least 9.7 million people voting early. The numbers in Texas are high despite the state not expanding vote-by-mail during the pandemic. Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona are among the states that were at least three-quarters of the way to their 2016 vote totals, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.

PHOTO: Hundreds of people wait in line for early voting in Marietta, Georgia, Oct. 12, 2020.
Hundreds of people wait in line for early voting in Marietta, Georgia, Oct. 12, 2020.
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Georgia has seen a record turnout. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger predicted that after Election Day, as many as 6 million voters could have cast ballots in this year's general election, up from 4.1 million in 2016.

PHOTO: Dana Clark, and her son 18-month-old Mason, wait in line at City Hall as early voting begins for the upcoming presidential election in New Orleans, Oct. 16, 2020.
Dana Clark, and her son 18-month-old Mason, wait in line at City Hall as early voting begins for the upcoming presidential election in New Orleans, Oct. 16, 2020.
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Dana Clark, wearing an "I Can't Breathe" face mask and pandemic protective bubble, waited with her 18-month-old son Mason at City Hall on the first day of early voting, Oct. 16, in New Orleans. According to The Advocate, Louisiana shattered records for early and mail-in voting with a total of of nearly one million ballots cast, despite a pandemic and two hurricanes.

PHOTO: Travis Gardner, center, waits to vote at a shopping center on the first day of in-person early voting on Oct. 17, 2020 in Las Vegas.
Travis Gardner, center, waits to vote at a shopping center on the first day of in-person early voting on Oct. 17, 2020 in Las Vegas.
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PHOTO: Long lines awaited residents as early in-person voting started on Oct. 19, 2020, in Cape Coral, Fla.
Long lines awaited residents as early in-person voting started on Oct. 19, 2020, in Cape Coral, Fla.
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PHOTO: A group organized by the Farm Arts Collective and costumed as mailboxes dance and sing about voting in Honesdale, Pa., Oct. 24, 2020.
A group organized by the Farm Arts Collective and costumed as mailboxes dance and sing about voting in Honesdale, Pa., Oct. 24, 2020.
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A group organized by the Farm Arts Collective and costumed as mailboxes dance and sing about voting in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

PHOTO: Residents of Cuyahoga county, separated by plastic due to health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, arrive to fill out paper ballots for early, in-person voting at the board of elections office in Cleveland on Oct. 16, 2020.
Residents of Cuyahoga county, separated by plastic due to health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, arrive to fill out paper ballots for early, in-person voting at the board of elections office in Cleveland on Oct. 16, 2020.
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Plastic sheets between voting booths have been installed at some polling sites to help protect voters.

PHOTO: Kin Lee of Alexandria, Va., wearing a pro-Trump hat and shirt, waits in a line for early voting at Fairfax County Government Center, in Fairfax, Va., Sept. 18, 2020.
Kin Lee of Alexandria, Va., wearing a pro-Trump hat and shirt, waits in a line for early voting at Fairfax County Government Center, in Fairfax, Va., Sept. 18, 2020.
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PHOTO: A voter drops off her ballot in a box outside the Santa Clara County registrar of voters office on Oct. 13, 2020, in San Jose, Calif.
A voter drops off her ballot in a box outside the Santa Clara County registrar of voters office on Oct. 13, 2020, in San Jose, Calif.
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Voter turnout is ten times higher than in 2016 in California according the Secretary of State Alex Padilla as more than 600,000 Los Angeles County ballots were received at the county registrar.

PHOTO: Poll workers wearing PPE sanitize voting booths before each use on the first day of the state's in-person early voting for the general election in Durham, N.C., Oct. 15, 2020.
Poll workers wearing PPE sanitize voting booths before each use on the first day of the state's in-person early voting for the general election in Durham, N.C., Oct. 15, 2020.
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Pandemic-related measures include sanitizing voting booths.

PHOTO: People wait on line during a heavy rain to cast their votes on the second day of early voting, Oct, 20, 2020, in Miami.
People wait on line during a heavy rain to cast their votes on the second day of early voting, Oct, 20, 2020, in Miami.
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PHOTO: People wait in a line to cast ballots during early voting in the general election outside a community center in the suburban community of West Hempstead, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2020.
Voters wait to enter a polling site on the first day of early voting in the general election outside a community center in the suburban community of West Hempstead, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2020.
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PHOTO: Cook County jail detainees cast their votes after a polling place in the facility was opened for early voting on Oct. 17, 2020 in Chicago.
Cook County jail detainees cast their votes after a polling place in the facility was opened for early voting on Oct. 17, 2020 in Chicago. It is the first time pretrial detainees in the jail will get the opportunity to vote early in a general election.
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Cook County jail detainees cast their votes after a polling place in the facility was opened for early voting in Chicago. It is the first time pretrial detainees in the jail will get the opportunity to vote early in a general election.

PHOTO: A child peers out from the sunroof of a car as its occupants wait in a line of vehicles for curbside voting on the first day of the state's in-person early voting for the general election at a polling place in Durham, N.C., Oct. 15, 2020.
A child peers out from the sunroof of a car as its occupants wait in a line of vehicles for curbside voting on the first day of the state's in-person early voting for the general election at a polling place in Durham, N.C., Oct. 15, 2020.
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PHOTO: Wearing a coat reading "I Really Care So I Vote" written on the back, Tonya Swain votes in the 2020 elections at the Los Angeles County Registrar in Norwalk, Calif., on Oct. 19, 2020.
Wearing a coat reading "I Really Care So I Vote" written on the back, Tonya Swain votes in the 2020 elections at the Los Angeles County Registrar in Norwalk, Calif., on Oct. 19, 2020. The coat is a reference to one worn by first lady Melania Trump which read "I Really Don't Care Do You?"
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PHOTO: A young voter fills out a ballot with assistance from a poll worker at a polling station at the Midtown Center shopping mall in Milwaukee on the first day of in-person voting in Wisconsin, Oct. 20, 2020.
A young voter fills out a ballot with assistance from a poll worker at a polling station at the Midtown Center shopping mall in Milwaukee on the first day of in-person voting in Wisconsin, Oct. 20, 2020.
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According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, CIRCLE, young voters from 18 to 29 are voting early in large numbers. CIRCLE's figures show that more than five million young people have already voted early or absentee in 2020, including nearly three million in 14 key states.

PHOTO: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio eats pizza as he stands in line with hundreds of other voters for several hours to cast his ballot during early voting in Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 27, 2020.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio eats pizza as he stands in line with hundreds of other voters for several hours to cast his ballot during early voting in Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 27, 2020.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio eats pizza as he stands in line with hundreds of other voters for several hours to cast his ballot during early voting in Brooklyn, New York. This if the first year New York has offered early voting.

PHOTO: People wait in line to cast their ballots for the presidential election as early voting begins in Houston, Oct. 13, 2020.
People wait in line to cast their ballots for the presidential election as early voting begins in Houston, Oct. 13, 2020.
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Democratic U.S. senate candidate Jaime Harrison, below, waits in a line for early voting with his wife, Marie Boyd and their sons William and Charles, in Columbia, South Carolina.

PHOTO: Democratic U.S. senate candidate Jaime Harrison waits in a line for early voting with his wife, Marie Boyd and their sons William and Charles, on Oct. 19, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Harrison is challenging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Democratic U.S. senate candidate Jaime Harrison waits in a line for early voting with his wife, Marie Boyd and their sons William and Charles, on Oct. 19, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. Harrison is challenging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
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ABC News' Meredith Longo contributed to this report.

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