Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo discussed early voting breaking records
The number of people voting early is massive, over 50 million people have voted so far, more than all the early votes from 2016 and there are eight days to go until Election Day. These figures are so large that they, in fact, are breaking records, making this election one for the record books in more than a few ways. However, the question remains as to whether or not the early voting records is due to the global pandemic or people wanting a change in leadership.
Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with FOX 32 Chicago to discuss this very topic.
“It’s hard to disentangle those things, but we will get a better sense next week around the end of the week,” said Dr. Caliendo. “We cannot discount the pandemic. Some states that were not doing early voting—typically as we have in Illinois other states have not—but they are now, so the opportunity is greater. There is no question people are worried about the density of the election place on Election Day so they’re choosing to spread out to get their voting done early.”