Last updated: 10/01/2020 01:41 PM Eastern Time

Michael McDonald • Professor, University of Florida
Web: United States Elections Project • Twitter: @ElectProject

Detailed state statistics and analyses for reporting states
AL | CA | CO | DC | FL | GA | HI | IA | IL | MD | ME | MI | MN | MT | NC | NJ | NV | OH | OR | PA | SC | SD | UT | VA | VT | WA | WI | WY

These states are those where I have recent data on mail ballot activity. More states will be added as state reports become available.

Read my analysis for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 27.

Summary Statistics for Reporting States

Total Mail Ballots Returned or In-Person Early Votes

Voters have cast a total of 2,174,946 ballots in the reporting states.

Voted by Party Registration

Reporting states with party registration data: FL, IA, MD, NC, NJ, PA

Party Returned Ballots Freq. Distribution Requested Ballots Return Rate
Democrats 375,815 54.7 21,302,194 1.8
Republicans 146,759 21.4 12,390,910 1.2
Minor 4,575 0.7 1,795,641 0.3
No Party Affiliation 159,556 23.2 12,761,490 1.3
TOTAL 686,705 100.0 48,250,235 1.4

Turnout as Percent of 2016 Total Turnout

Nationally, voters have cast 1.6% of the total votes counted in the 2016 general election.

Mail Ballots Requested

Voters have requested a total of 66,257,361 ballots in the reporting states.

Mail Ballots Requested by Party Registration

Reporting states with party registration data: CA, CO, DC, FL, IA, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NV, OR, PA, UT

Party Count Percent
Democrats 21,302,194 44.1
Republicans 12,390,910 25.7
Minor 1,795,641 3.7
No Party Affiliation 12,761,490 26.4
TOTAL 48,250,235 100.0

Registered Democrats have a 8,911,284 ballot request lead over registered Republicans.

Note: Party registration statistics are for states that have party registration. These statistics are not actual votes. By federal law, election officials do not begin counting ballots until Election Day, although they may start the process of preparing ballots for counting in advance.

Mail Ballots Requested by Race and Ethnicity

Reporting states with race or ethnicity data: NC, SC

Race Count Percent
Non-Hispanic White 1,760,846 61.0
Non-Hispanic Black 722,125 25.0
Hispanic 64,032 2.2
Non-Hispanic Asian American 80,002 2.8
Non-Hispanic Native American 7,195 0.2
Other/Multiple/Unknown 252,127 8.7
TOTAL 2,886,327 100.0

Note: Race and ethnicity statistics are for states that ask registered voters to provide their race and ethnicity.

Mail Ballots Requested by Age

Reporting states with age data: CO, OH (partial), PA

Age Count Percent
18 to 24 856,962 7.5
25 to 34 1,562,849 13.8
35 to 44 1,492,021 13.1
45 to 54 1,487,088 13.1
55 to 64 2,036,536 17.9
65 and up 3,919,825 34.5
TOTAL 11,355,281 100.0

Mail Ballots Requested by Gender

Reporting states with gender data: CO, NC

Gender Count Percent
Female 1,417,246 55.7
Male 1,037,163 40.8
Unknown 90,730 3.6
TOTAL 2,545,139 100.0