Early-voting counts suggest that a record number of ballots are going to be cast ahead of Election Day, with voters taking advantage of early voting and expanded absentee options. The number of ballots already cast is a sign of highly enthusiastic voters adapting to an election taking place amid a pandemic.

National polling average

Biden is leading (+11) the national polling average.

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Biden

54%

Trump

43%

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Average of national polls since Oct. 4 that meet Washington Post standards for transparency and quality. Includes polls by CNN, Economist-YouGov, Fox, PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist, Pew, Post-ABC, NBC-WSJ and SurveyMonkey-Tableau.

Battlegrounds that may decide the presidential race have some of the nation’s most erratic mail service, which has particular implications for states with firm ballot deadlines.

Find out all the rules around voting by mail or in person, on Election Day or before, in your state.

Lots of rules have changed in 2020

Many states have expanded the use of mail-in, or absentee, ballots.

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