The First Votes in the 2020 Election Will Be Cast in Six Weeks

(Bloomberg) — Voters in the crucial battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina will begin casting ballots in September, giving President Donald Trump and Joe Biden just weeks to make their cases to voters.

The first absentee ballots will be sent out in North Carolina starting on Sept. 4. Voters in Pennsylvania will be able to request, fill out and turn in absentee ballots in person starting on Sept. 14, followed by voters in Michigan on Sept. 19.

That could spell trouble for Trump, who is behind the Democratic nominee in national polls as well as the most recent polls in all three states.

Lon Johnson, former chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, said early voting would force Trump and Biden to make their “closing arguments” much sooner than in previous years.

“In the past, campaigns had a three-week window before the election where it was crunch time,” he said. “That window has expanded significantly.”

In 2016, more than 47 million voters cast their ballots before Election Day, either in person or by mail, according to an accounting by Michael McDonald of the University of Florida.

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Source: Bloomberg