The 2016 election never seemed to end, it just morphed into a long, protracted battle that will reach another pivotal point on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. But with so many Americans already casting ballots, can’t we just take some time off from the amped-up rhetoric?
The U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida estimates that election participation will reach the highest rate in a century, possibly 150 million people. What’s more, the organization calculates that more than 90 million people have already cast their ballot, which is double the number of early ballots cast in 2016 and equates to nearly 65% of all ballots cast back then.
People might be using mail-in ballots or voting early to avoid crowds and lines because of the pandemic, or simply avoiding what could be crushing numbers on Election Day.
With so many people done with the process, it would be great if we could get a break from the relentless election chatter and coverage on social media, the major television networks, and news outlets. But of course, that won’t happen. Even as we get down to the wire the conversation will shift from Election Day to a potentially drawn-out process, to the possibility of violent outbreaks, and then the likelihood of protests over the outcome no matter who wins.
It’s almost like the media and news outlets exist just to create anxiety and instigate unrest.