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Hawaii mail-in ballots have already surpassed entire 2016 voter turnout

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Voter turnout for the Nov. 3 election in Hawaii has already surpassed the state’s total voter turnout in 2016, with less than one week to go before Election Day. 

The Aloha State has returned 457,294 ballots according to Honolulu Civil Beat, putting the state’s voter turnout at 55 percent. 

According to the U.S. Elections Project, the state is now at 104.5 percent of its total 2016 voter turnout.

The 2020 number also breaks the state’s last record for votes cast in a general election, which was set in 2008, according to Honolulu Civil Beat. 

A record number of people in the U.S. are expected to vote early and vote by mail due to the public health concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Multiple states have been setting early voting records.

In Texas for example, more than 8.5 million people have voted since Oct. 13, which is 94 percent of all the votes cast in the 2016 general election. 

Maryland also broke a statewide record for a single-day early voting record. On the first day of in-person voting Monday, more than 161,000 people cast their ballots, upending the record of 140,000 in-person ballots cast on the final day of early voting in 2016. 

Florida and Alabama have also broken their own records this month in terms of early voting and mail-in ballots. 

More than 80 million Americans have already voted early in the Nov. 3 election, according to the U.S. Elections Project, representing 58.6 percent of all votes cast in the 2016 general election.

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