Election day is here. It has already shattered records.
As Americans head to the polls today, states across the U.S. have already shattered voting records. Over 9.4 million Californians cast ballots before today, according to state election officials. That figure exceeded previous early voting and accounts for almost two-thirds of all votes cast in California four years ago.
Democrats appeared especially geared up in the early vote. As of Friday, 54% of 8.5 million votes were cast by Democrats. 24% were cast by Independents. 22% were cast by Republicans. Plumas and Marin counties saw especially high early turnout, while Trinity and Imperial’s numbers were comparatively low.
The large volume of mail-in ballots is one of the chief uncertainties this time around. The other uncertainty—or fear—is how some groups may react to the results. POLITICO reported Thursday that Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing for the possibility of civil unrest. The City of Beverly Hills will close iconic Rodeo Drive on Election Day as a precaution. And a study released last week by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project found California is at moderate risk of active militia activity on and after election day.
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