US Presidential elections early voting starts

US Presidential elections early voting starts

WASHINGTON (APP) - Tens of thousands of Americans have already cast their votes for Hillary Clinton , Donald Trump or other candidates well ahead of November's presidential election, part of an early voting tradition that is gaining popularity.

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With 35 days still to go, it has not yet been a voting deluge.

According to professor Michael McDonald, an early voting specialist at the University of Florida, about 130,000 people have already voted -- out of 130 million expected voters.

Early ballots will be officially counted on Election Day, Tuesday November 8.

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The US electoral system is a decentralized operation: the nation's 50 states organize the vote and the ballot counting, each in its own way.

Americans have two early voting options:

- By mail. This is available across the 50 states. Voters usually must request the ballots in advance. In 20 states, they must provide an excuse for voting by mail. Three states -- Colorado, Oregon and Washington -- mail ballots to every registered voter.

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- In person. Voting booths, for example in county administration offices, are open early with varying degrees of access, in 37 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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