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The expansion of voting by mail this year as part of states' efforts to make the election process safer during the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to early voting records being shattered across the country. As of late last week, over 57 million votes had already been cast in the 2020 election.

Elections experts say that voting by mail is just as secure as voting in person, refuting baseless attacks on the process by Republicans from Donald Trump on down. U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has been accused of helping Trump undermine the operations of the U.S. Postal Service in the run-up to the election, claimed during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in August that the agency is "fully capable and committed to delivering the nation's election mail securely and on time."

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Cook Political Report's David Wasserman

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With the election less than three weeks away, thousands of Americans have taken advantage of early voting in states ranging from Georgia to Texas to North Carolina. David Wasserman, house editor for the Cook Political Report, discussed this abundance of early voting with NBC News' Andrea Mitchell on Friday — and Wasserman pointed to Sumter County, Florida as a possible way to gauge how the election will ultimately turn out.

"It's true that we're both seeing historic early voting, and it's a drop in the bucket because we're headed for likely 150 million to 160 million votes cast this year — which would be record-shattering," Wasserman told Mitchell.

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